Muslims, few minority community members perform last rites of Pandit woman in Tahab Pulwama

SRINAGAR (KIMS) — The Muslims and few members of minority (Pandit) community in Tahab village of Pulwama district in South Kashmir came together to perform the last rites of a woman on Thursday.

The villagers again set an example of communal harmony and brotherhood by performing the last rites of an elderly Pandit woman. Earlier this month, the villagers had participated in last rites of a Pandit Man.

Shrimati Chunni Ji, an 85-year-old elderly woman died after brief illness at her residence in Tahab village of Pulwama district. Her husband, Nirmal Kumar Malla was a Medical Officer in Indian Army.

Her son, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Malla is a noted doctor and former Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Shopian while her another son Pyare Lal is a medical representative.

As the news about demise of Kumar’s mother spread, the villagers expressed deep sorrow and grief over her demise. The people from nearby villages also visited Kumar’s residence to offer condolences.

Chunni Ji’s last rites were performed today at around 3:00 pm in which people from Muslim community participated in large number. Her cremation was done with the help of local friends and neighbors from the Muslim community.

The local Muslims organized and performed her last rites and mourned her death as one of their own. They shouldered her coffin and arranged wood for the cremation in the village.

“We have lived alongside each other and done everything together. We share a bond that goes back hundreds of years,” the locals residents said.

“Once we heard about her sad demise, we rushed to the spot and arranged everything and took part in his last rites,” they said. — (KIMS)