A 52-year-old Bhavani, a resident of the Janavasati Colony in Puttur taluk’s Vidyapura died due to cardiac arrest on Saturday and the only person left behind in the family was her brother, Krishna.
Krishna, having a meagre earning couldn’t perform his sister’s last rites and was asking people in the locality to for help, but all in vain. Bhavani’s body remained at the house the entire afternoon, but nobody turned up for them.
Krishna was already in a huge loss, but not being able to give her sister a dignified only made things worse for him.
That’s when a group of Muslim men, Shaukath, Hamza, Nazeer, Riyaz and Farooq stood up for humanity and for Krishna and helped raise funds for his sister’s cremation.
Rajeshwari, an Anganwadi teacher, along with Zubaida and Safia, the locals volunteered to bathe the body. They later shifted the body to the Puttur cremation ground in an ambulance and conducted the last rites.
Speaking to The Times of India, Farooq said, “We did not do it for publicity. We came forward to help, not considering the caste or religion of the deceased. We wanted to send a message that the dead should not be denied the last rites.”
This is not the first time, that we saw humanity taking over religion, caste or creed. Even though acts like these aren’t so prominent, but humanity is alive and will always be. Last month, a Muslim man, Rabi Sheikh gave his homeless friend, Milan Das, a dignified funeral and performed all the traditional Hindu rites to bid him goodbye. Read all about it here.