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Muslim ambulance driver cremates Hindu woman who died of COVID-19

Despite warnings from the local people, a Muslim ambulance driver named Mir Ahmed intervened and cremated the woman’s remains.

JAMMU (J&K)

In the Mendhar region of Poonch district in the Jammu Division, a Muslim driver cremated a COVID-19 infected Hindu woman after her demise, setting a unique example of communal harmony.

According to local reports, a mentally ill Hindu woman died of COVID-19 at Mendhar Sub-District Hospital. They said the mentally unsound woman was also homeless.

Despite warnings from the local people, a Muslim ambulance driver named Mir Ahmed intervened and cremated the woman’s remains.

People declined to approach the woman’s body for fear of contracting the Coronavirus, but the Muslim driver, setting a precedent of communal peace, cremated the body without fear. The driver is an employee of the Jammu and Kashmir Health and Family Welfare Department.

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After the news spread, the efforts of the ambulance were appreciated by people on social media from both the Jammu and Kashmir regions of the Union Territory.

Like the rest of the country, Jammu and Kashmir is also witnessing a surge in the Covid death toll. A spurt in Covid cases has overwhelmed the hospitals, leading to the unavailability of beds in hospitals.

On Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir reported 4926 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest so far since the pandemic started, even as 52 more persons succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours, according to Health Department data. With each passing day, the UT is reporting an increase in fresh Covid cases.

According to doctors, mostly elderly people are dying due to the COVID-19 but there are deaths in the age group of 20 to 40 too.

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