Indore: At a time when hate-mongering is on a further rise following several cases of coronavirus being detected among attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat event in New Delhi, some residents of Indore offered a story of hope.
On Monday, Muslim men from the city’s Juna locality took part in the funeral procession of an elderly Hindu woman and helped her poverty-stricken sons perform her last rites.
A video is being shared on social media where the Muslim men, in skull caps and face covered in masks, can be seen carrying the woman’s body on their shoulders.
ये है हिंदुस्तान, ये है इंदौर, कोरोना की वजह से कोई हिन्दू आगे नही आये तभी आस पास जितने मुस्लिम पड़ोसी थे सभी ने मिल कर हिन्दू रीति रिवाज से हिन्दू महिला का अंतिम संस्कार किया.... सभी भाइयों को दिल से सलाम pic.twitter.com/xS1hGPh7tM— Sandeep Singh संदीप सिंह 'सहर' (@SINGH_SANDEEP_) April 6, 2020
Locals said they used to address the woman as ‘Durga Ma’. The 65-year-old woman, who died a natural death on Monday, was paralytic and lived alone in the South Toda area of Juni.
The woman’s sons came after being informed, but they said they had no money to perform the last rites.
Soon after, a few locals, all of them belonging to the Muslim community, collected some money for the purpose and also took part in the funeral procession.
Indore has reported a large number of coronavirus cases with the tally of total positive patients reaching 151 on Monday night.