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Assam: Dispute over last rites of Hindu woman, married to Muslim man

Tinsukia: 23-year-old Hindu girl had eloped with a Muslim man committed suicide on Friday, after having an argument with the husband. She allegedly hanged herself and even after two days, her body is lying at Tinsukia police station in Upper Assam over a dispute on how the last rites should be performed.

The couple was staying together at a rented accommodation in Tinsukia town. However, there are no records suggesting whether they were married or anyone from them has got converted, police said.

As per a report by HT, Muslim community refused to bury her body as there was less evidence showing she got married to a Muslim. On the other hand, Hindus were against cremating her because she had married a Muslim man.

“On Saturday night, the couple, who used to quarrel often, had another tiff. While 27-year-old Bitu Ali left home, the woman locked herself in and committed suicide by hanging,” said Girin Sonowal, in-charge of the police station at Margherita. Ali works at a hotel in Margherita.

“On hearing of his wife’s death, Ali went back to Tinsukia and brought her body to Margherita for burial. But he was turned back from two burial grounds on Sunday as he didn’t have any documentary proof of his wedding as per Muslim rituals,” Sonowal added.

Her body was taken to her hometown Digboi, nearly 17 km away to cremate her, but the locals denied to perform her last rites as per the Hindu rituals.

“The body was brought back to Margherita. But since the suicide took place at Tinsukia, which is 50 km away, we sent back the body there on Sunday night,” said Sonowal.