In the midst of lockdown, this daughter-in-law from Uttar Pradesh broke age-old traditions and gave us a reason to celebrate her courage.
On Friday, Sumitra Devi, 70, was rushed to a community health centre in Salempur, U.P as her health got worse. The doctors at the health centre declared her brought dead.
After the doctors informed her daughter-in-law Neetu about her mother-in-law’s death, she updated her husband and his two brothers. But, because of the lockdown imposed across the country, the sons failed to reach home.
Without hesitating or thinking about ‘log kya kahenge‘, carrying a little one in her arms, this brave mother went to the Nagar Panch Office. She contacted the Nagar Panchayat chairman of Salempur, J P Maddhesia, and requested him to deliver the body at home. She performed her mother-in-law’s last rites later in the day.
Recalling the details how Neetu performed the last rites, Maddhesia told media
“She is really a brave woman. She not only gave her shoulder to the body but also lit the funeral pyre. I am proud of her.”
This isn’t the first time that brave daughters-in-law are set a brave example of shattering the social norms.
Some time back, four daughters-in-law hoisted their mother-in-law’s flower-bedecked arthi on their shoulders and marched to the crematorium, many couldn’t stop but applaud the courage of these daughters-in-law.
Though it is definitely sad that sons couldn’t bid a final goodbye to their mother. But, in the midst of the gloomy lockdown, how this brave daughter-in-law shattered the social norms gives us a ray of hope for a better future.