SRINAGAR: An aged childless couple who had married against the wishes of their families, passed away in Budgam on Wednesday, one after another, leaving their ancestral house all empty and a kitten, who followed their mortals remains as they were taken for burial.
Emotions ran high as hundreds of people offered Nimaz-e-Jinaza for the deceased who were buried adjacent to each other. They had no children. “Haji Ali Mohammad Bhat, 70, and his wife, Khurshi Begum, 65, were a symbol of love, affection and loyalty in the area,” Khursheed Ahmad, a local of Qanoongo Hushro, Chadoora, told Kashmir Life.
“When Ali Mohammad was being offered his last bath (Gusul) after he passed away on Wednesday, his wife Khurshi breathed her last screaming, ‘now for whom I will live’,” he added.
According to locals, Haji and Khurshi had married against the will of their families decades ago and they were so loyal to each other that they could not even think of living without each other. The old couple had no children of their own; they had raised a kitten. They used to feed the kitten with milk and everything they would like for themselves.
“When the old loyal couple was being taken for burial, the kitten followed them before stopping outside their house,” another local, Abdul Razaq, told Kashmir Life.
The locals were so impressed by the loyalty of the couple towards each other that they managed a joint Nimaz-e-Jinaza for them and buried them adjacent to each other in their ancestral graveyard.