Mumbai, May 21: At a time when there is a communal debate is going on and people are worried about their secular identity, a perfect example of peace and togetherness has been showcased by Mumbaikars, who voluntarily performed the last rites of a Hindu woman at Oshiwara cemetery. All the people who agreed to perform the last rites of Sakhu Kiran Singh aka Sakhubai were Muslims, yes Muslims.
The incident took place on Friday in the Business capital of India, who yet again showed the rest of India how communal harmony can be established in tough times. Singh, 60, who was living all alone died on Thursday after being admitted to Sidhharth Hospital in Goregaon West on Wednesday by the neighbours due to multiple organs failure. Soon after the matter came to the notice of the neigbours of Singh, residing in a Muslim locality in Malad East’s Squatters’ Colony, residents reached to the police to claim for Singh and requested that if they can perform the last rites. ALSO READ: Narendra Modi praises Islam for its message of peace, harmony
This is not the first time that residents of Squatters’ Colony have presented a Hindu-Muslim unity and harmony, in 2002 too, when Singh husband Kiran Singh was cremated by the locals in a similar fashion and that too during the time when the city was on the edge as communal riots were taking place in Gujarat. Both Sakhubai and her husband settled in the Malad East’s Squatters’ Colony from Tardeo in 1962 due to slum rehabilitation programme. The couple had no children, nor had any extended family, who could take care of them. As reported in Mid Day daily, it is also known that after her husband’s death, Sakhu Kiran Singh was working as maid in households.
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