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Grief unites two families

A group of burqa-clad women reached Bharat’s home and met the women of his family, including his mother and sister. They not only offered condolences, but also bonded in mutual grief and also in the hope that there would be peace.

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Grief unites two families
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It was a sight that gave relief and hope to Jaipur, a city ravaged by tension, violence and communal divide, when members of the minority community visited Bharat Kodani’s home on Wednesday to offer condolences to his family. Bharat, a 23-year-old E-rickshaw driver, had died under mysterious circumstances during the tension that gripped Ramganj area of the city on Friday evening. The other deceased was another youth, Adil who had died in police firing.    

A group of burqa-clad women reached Bharat’s home and met the women of his family, including his mother and sister. They not only offered condolences, but also bonded in mutual grief and also in the hope that there would be peace.             

"Both Adil and Bharat were local boys, their untimely death is loss for the entire city and not just one community," a member of the women delegation, Yasmeen Farooqui, expressed these sentiments to DNA.

"Our expression of solidarity was reciprocated by Bharat’s family and community members. His family has assured that they would visit Adil's family after a condolence meet, scheduled to take place on Thursday," she added.

By the time the unexpected visitors left after meeting female members of the aggrieved family, they had earned sympathies of community members present there.

It was the beginning of a bond being forged when the family members of Bharat told them that they would be visiting Adil’s family to offer them sympathies.

Several politicians and community leaders had turned up to offer condolences for Bharat, however, the most unexpected and calming was the visit from these women from the Muslim community. The move garnered immediate response, "A handful of anti-social elements cannot rob Jaipur of its communal harmony. We welcome the initiative shown by Muslim sisters. We will respond at the family and community level, said Chandra Prakash Khetani, secretary of Sindhi community association.  

Friday’s violence had made a large dent in the communal harmony of Jaipur. However, the spirit with which women have reacted to the common tragedy gives hope and faith that the spirit of Pink City will triumph over adversity and religious divide.

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