Muslims help perform last rites of Kashmiri Pandit man in Valley
Muslim community gathers for the funeral of Tej Kishan. Photograph: (ANI)
Spreading a message of unity in times of tension in Jammu and Kashmir, around 3,000 people, mostly Muslims, got together in the Pulwama district to attend the funeral of a local Kashmiri Pandit.
The Muslim community in the Trichal village helped perform the last rites of 50-year-old Tej Kishan as per Hindu rituals, ANI reported.
As news of Kishan’s death after a year-long battle with paralysis came in, his neighbours spread the word about performing his last rites over Mosque loudspeakers in the entire region.
"This is true Kashmir; this is our culture and we share a brotherhood. We do not believe in duality or divisive politics. We share composite culture," said Janki Nath Panditha, Kishan’s brother, told ANI.
Kishan and his family stayed back in the Valley in the nineties when most from the Kashmiri Pandit community were leaving the region fearing persecution under Islamist militancy.
"Majority of people present in the last rituals were Muslims. We performed his last rites. We condemn incidents which try to create differences between Hindus and Muslims. We live here in peace and harmony," Muhammad Yousuf, Kishan’s neighbour, told ANI.