Where religion was no barrier

A Muslim woman in Telangana performed the last rites of a Hindu, when the son of the deceased disowned his responsibility of conducting the last rites. The son claimed to have converted to Christianity.

Keerthi Srinivas (70), an inmate of the Sahrudaya Old Age Home run by Md. Mahboob Ali, was living in the institution for two years. For the past seven years, Mahboob Ali and his wife Yakub Bi have been running the establishment and currently take care of 70 people.

When Srinivas breathed his, the couple informed his son Sharath for necessary things to be done. However, the son refused to perform the rites citing his father’s non-approval over his conversion to Christianity.

Later Ms. Yakub Bi performed the last rites for the departed soul as per Hindu customs after going round the body thrice. “We have only one religion and that is serving people. We honor the sentiments of our inmates,” she said.

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