Relatives Refuse, So Muslim Men Collect Funds to Give Hindu Woman Dignified Funeral

Puttur cremate Muslim men Hindu final rites

Krishna had almost given up all hopes of giving his dead sister a dignified funeral when a group of Muslim men came to his rescue.

When 52-year-old Bhavani, a resident of the Janavasati Colony in Puttur taluk’s Vidyapura, passed after a cardiac arrest on Saturday, the only person left grieving was her brother Krishna. Bhavani was unmarried, and Krishna didn’t have enough money to conduct her final rites.

When Krishna urged his relatives and his fellow locals to help him, no one came forward to help. The clock kept ticking, and it was almost afternoon. Bhavani’s body remained at Krishna’s house. But nobody came.

Krishna had almost given up all hopes of giving his dead sister a dignified funeral when a group of Muslim men came to his rescue.

Puttur cremate Muslim men Hindu final rites
Source: Flickr/Maureen Barlin

Shaukath, Hamza, Nazeer, Riyaz and Farooq were moved by Krishna’s plight and started collecting funds to cremate Bhavani’s body.

An Anganwadi teacher, Rajeshwari, along with locals Safia and Zubaida 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, one of the men, 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.”

Read more: Kerala Doctor Supervises Last Rites of 12 Nipah Victims After Relatives Refuse

It isn’t the first time that death that brought people closer and helped break man-made barriers. Only last month, a story of unconditional friendship moved people across the nation as a Muslim man, Rabi Sheikh gave his friend, Milan Das, a dignified funeral and performed all the traditional Hindu rites, when the police couldn’t track his family. Read more about Milan and Rabi’s story here.

While death is perceived as the greatest loss in one’s life, Bhavani’s death became a catalyst for inclusiveness and a symbol of communal harmony.

(Edited by Shruti Singhal)

Like this story? Or have something to share?
Write to us:
Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
NEW: Click here to get positive news on WhatsApp!

We at The Better India want to showcase everything that is working in this country. By using the power of constructive journalism, we want to change India – one story at a time. If you read us, like us and want this positive movement to grow, then do consider supporting us via the following buttons.

Please read these FAQs before contributing.

Let us know how you felt

  • love
  • like
  • inspired
  • support
  • appreciate
Sign in to get free benefits
  • Get positive stories daily on email
  • Join our community of positive ambassadors
  • Become a part of the positive movement