Recently, the painful picture of an Orissa man carrying the body of his dead wife on his shoulders for nearly 12km went viral. The heart-wrenching image drew flak and criticism from all quarters as he had no money for a hearse van and the district hospital authorities allegedly refused to arrange one. Few days later, a similar incident occurred in Kanpur, when a small child died on his father’s shoulder on his way to the hospital. While the scene of death is always painful, something turned this sad moment beautiful.
A group of Muslim youths from Mumbra in Maharashtra earned plaudits for carrying out the funeral rites of a Hindu man who passed away in the dead of the night in Kausa.
With no one around to take care of the last rites of 65-year-old Waman Kadam except his wife, a group of eight youths took the charge and arranged for his funeral.
According to reports, they purchased all necessary ritualistic items like bamboo, rope, earthen pots, incense sticks as well as cloth and a thatched mat. The youths then carried his body to the crematorium at around 3am and performed the last rites.
Acknowledging their kind gesture, Mumbra-Kalwa MLA Jitendra Awhad applauded them in a Facebook post. They were also praised by residents of Muslim dominated Mumbra. The MLA shared two pictures accompanying his post and wrote: “This happens now also …hatred does not work …it’s a everyday story in Mumbra all about #brotherhood”.
The youths have been identified as Khalil Pawne, Fahad Dabir, Nawaz Dabir, Rahil Dabir, Shaban Khan, Maqsood Khan, Farooque Khan, Mohammad Kasam Shaikh.