Heres heartwarming story of how Muslim neighbors came together to ‘adopt’ Hindu children
Amid frequent reports of terror incidents in the Kashmir valley, a Muslim neighbourhood in South Kashmir’s Lewdora came together to ‘adopt’ four orphan Kashmiri Hindu siblings after their mother passed away on Saturday.
The children’s mother Baby Kaul, a near forty year old woman, died recently. The children’s father too had passed away a year back due to some serious ailments.
Kaul left behind two girls aged 15 and 16 and two boys aged 15 and 7, with bare resources and only a roof over their heads.
She died just three months after the government provided her with an ad hoc job in a bank to help her support the family.
Last year, Kaul’s husband died rather abruptly and it was then that the villagers pleaded with Sartaj Madni, a former MLA and uncle of J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to find a job for the widow since the family had no other means of income.
The misery for the family did not end there as the mother too died a year later leaving behind four underage children. The villagers then decided to take over the responsibility and share the family’s grief.
Hundreds poured in to participate in Kaul’s last rites, teenaged boys were seen fetching firewood and taking instructions from Hindu religious leaders over the phone on how to put the body on the pyre or tie a thread around the body.
Others were seen ferrying their Hindu relatives and friends to see the cremation was in accordance with Hindu customs. >