Supinder Kour’s last rites amidst tears, anger, protests

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/9/2021 10:59:52 AM


SRINAGAR, Oct 8: The last rites of Supinder Kour, the slain principal of a government school in Eidgah locality of the city, were performed on Friday amidst a protest by members of the Sikh community here.
The funeral was performed by the family and relatives at a cremation ground in Karan Nagar area here.
Hundreds of members of the community, joined by several Muslims, assembled at Kour’s residence in Aloochi Bagh area and took out a protest march from there, carrying her mortal remains on a stretcher.
The protesting members of the community accompanied the mortal remains of the deceased principal and raised slogans demanding justice for the victim.
They marched towards the Civil Secretariat, the seat of the Jammu and Kashmir government, and held a silent sit-in there.
The community members said the protest march and the sit-in was held to demand justice for Kour.
Later, the family members took Kour's mortal remains to the cremation ground where her last rites were held and she was bid a tearful adieu.
Meanwhile, the last rites of the hawker, Virendra Paswan, who was killed on Wednesday, were held in Srinagar. A video of a lone man, said to be his brother, performing Paswan’s last rites went viral on the social media, prompting netizens to ask why the government could not have take care of shifting his body to his village in Bhagalpur, Bihar.

Sharing the video that somebody has posted, former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “What a shame that no one in the J&K government saw fit to help the family of Virendra Paswan get back to Bihar with his body. J&K must have spent lakhs of rupees on hospitality for MPs & Ministers but couldn’t find any money for this.”
However, unconfirmed reports said that the administration had offered to send the body home but his brother opted to cremate the body in Srinagar.

 

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