Anantnag: Scenes depicting absolute communal harmony were witnessed Friday in Noorpora area of Tral as dozens of Muslims thronged a Pandit household to help with the last rites of an elderly woman.
Eighty-year-old Kamla Vati, wife of Jagan Nath, breathed her last in the wee hours of Friday morning.
Soon as the news of her demise reached the Muslim neighbors, a large number of people, men and women, reached the Pandit household and helped the family with the arrangements for the last rites.
While women stayed back with the Pandit women to console them and help around the house, the men accompanied their Pandit fellows to the cremation ground.
Young Muslim boys of the area took turns to shoulder the body towards the cremation ground. They helped the family with the cremation and then accompanied them back home.
Similar scenes were witnessed in the village only a year back when Kamla Vati’s son died.
“This is not the first time the Muslims have come to share our grief and this is not something new. We have been living like this for ages,” said one of the members of the Pandit family.
Noorpora has around eight Pandit families living in the village, who never left even during the turbulent nineties.
“We feel safe here. We live with our brothers and no one has ever harmed us,” said one Pandit man, attending the cremation.
Muslims on the other hand wished that all the Pandits could return to the valley and live harmoniously alongside the Muslim neighbors.