Shopian: More than three hundred Muslims performed the last rites of a pandit woman, Pyari Wangoo, wife of Trelukinath Wangoo, who died after a short illness at Trapadpora village here. Muslims villagers collected fire wood for the last rites and help build the pyre.
Ghulam Mohammad (75) and Mohammad Ahsan Mir (70), two elders from the village, were among the villagers who made the preparations. Bhushan Lal, a close relative of the deceased, told Kashmir Reader, that they are thankful to the Muslim neighbours who were always a part of the community’s “happy and sad times”.
“They always help us, they are like our brothers. We never felt that we are living in minority. We are living here with them with love, brotherhood and harmony,” Bhushan Lal said.
Villagers later visited the bereaved family’s home and to condole with them. “Three pandit families live here, others left the valley in 1989. We help them in conducting last rites, marriages and share things. This is what a neighbour is supposed to do,” Fayaz Ahmad, a villager said.
It was hard to see whether it’s Hindu or Muslim who had died because other than 17-18 Hindus, majority of mourners was Muslims. “Dileep Kumar son of deceased woman is my old friend, he always asks me for advice about his family issues. I managed everything for his marriage five years ago and now we are here to be with him in his grief,” said Farooq Ahmad, a resident of nearby village said.
Another villager told Kashmir Reader that Trapadpora that he feels no their neighbourly relations are the same with pundits as with Muslims. “I feel no difference between my son and Dileep kumar, because sometimes I feel more sure about his advice than son’s. He never refuses if I asked him a help,” Ghulam Nabi, the villager said.
Five Muslims including Bashir Ahmad Naikoo, an old friend of the family, carried , Pyari Wangoo’s body to the cremation yard.