[VIDEO] UP: Muslim Residents Step In To Cremate Hindu Neighbour As Relatives Fail To Make It Amid Lockdown

When the relatives could not turn up due to the lockdown restrictions, the Muslim neighbours of the deceased stepped in to help the with the last rites.

India   |   30 March 2020 1:07 PM GMT / Updated : 2020-03-31T08:53:19+05:30
Editor : Shweta Kothari | By : Palak Agrawal
[VIDEO] UP: Muslim Residents Step In To Cremate Hindu Neighbour As Relatives Fail To Make It Amid Lockdown

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's hurried announcement of a three-week lockdown to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, has got India's 1.3 billion people reeling with unanticipated circumstances.

In one such incident, several Muslim youths united to cremate and perform the traditional last rites of a Hindu neighbour in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahar district.

73-year-old Ravi Shankar was a resident of Anand Vihar area, a primarily Muslim neighbourhood, and had been battling with cancer for a long time.

On Saturday, March 28, Ravi Shankar succumbed to the disease.

The Muslim neighbours of the family stepped in and decided to help the family with the last rites when the relatives could not turn up due to the lockdown restrictions.

Reportedly, they took out the 'Antim-Yatra' while chanting 'Ram-Nam Satya Hai', and also performed the last rites of Ravi Shankar with proper Hindu rituals.

The neighbours have also assured the Ravi Shankar's family of all possible help during the lockdown period.

"Ravi Shankar was our neighbour and had expired two days back, after which we decided to help his family. All the Muslims from the locality gathered and brought his body for cremation. After all, humanity is above anything else," one of the neighbours, Mohammad Zubair told the media.

Speaking to the media, Shankar's son Pramod said, "All our Muslim neighbours helped us with the last rites, everyone was very supportive. We are four siblings and our two sisters are married while my brother and I are left to take care of the family. I will always remain indebted to my Muslim neighbours who stood by us in this hour of crisis."

The incident was lauded by many after a video of the funeral procession was shared on Twitter.



Also Read: 'Sudden Lockdown Has Created Immense Panic And Confusion': Rahul Gandhi In Letter To PM Modi


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