Son-obsessed society witnessed an inspiring incident that may change its perception about girls a bit. In an inspiring move, four daughters carried their mother’s body to the crematorium in Mangalaghat, Puri, Odisha.
While breaking the shackles of regressive customs, the daughters shouldered their mother’s body after their two brothers didn’t turn up for the funeral.
As per India Today’s report, Jati Nayak, an octogenarian resident of Mangalaghat in Puri, passed away on Sunday. She had two sons and four daughters. The neighbours mentioned that neither of the two sons turned up for her final rites. In their absence, the four daughters decided to break the tradition of men carrying their parents’ mortal remains and cremating their mother.
The daughters walked for four kilometres to the cremation ground and performed their mother’s last rites. As per sources, one of the daughters, Sushila Sahu, said that her brothers did not care for the mother.
“We four then decided to perform her last rites. With the help of neighbours, we carried the body and performed the last rites at the crematorium,” she shared with News18 report.
Two Sons Neglected Their Mother For Almost 10 Years
After her husband, the sole breadwinner died, Jati Nayak worked as a street vendor to fend for the family. She strived hard to get her sons and daughters married. After their marriage, sons started living with their own families and seemingly ignored their mother’s plight.
“Our brothers had been neglecting our mother for the last 10 years. They never allowed her to stay with them. During these years, they never, even for once, inquired her if she was well, let alone taking care of her food. Prior to her death, she had once become ill and we had to shift her to hospital in an ambulance. Then, too, our brothers had chosen to remain indifferent,” Sitamani Sahu, one of the daughters, told News18.
Many netizens came forward to applaud these inspiring daughters as they shattered the regressive customs.
At IFORHER, we hope this incident act as a good learning lesson for our son-obsessed society!