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Kashmir Muslims Defy Curfew to Help Perform Last Rites of Pandit Woman


At a time when Srinagar is reeling under the effect of protests and riots, several Muslim locals defied the army curfew to come forward and help perform the last rites of a Kashmiri Pandit woman.

Residents of Sheikh Mohalla in Maharaj Gunj stepped out of their homes to come to the aid of Deepak Malhotra when his mother passed away on Saturday morning.


A soldier stands guard in a deserted market in Srinagar.
Photo Source: Kashmir Media Service

“The local Muslims carried the body of the woman to the cremation ground,” a local police officer said to Times of India.

Deepak Malhotra and his family, who are Hindus, have been living in Kashmir for a long time, despite the onset of militancy in the 1990s when a number of Pandits left the valley.

Normal life in the valley continues to be at a standstill. The area has been under curfew ever since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

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About the author: Varun Jadia is a high schooler who has just completed his Class 10 boards. He enjoys listening to music, playing his guitar, playing badminton, writing and reading. Math is his favourite subject, and in the future, he wishes to pursue a career in economics.

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