New Delhi: A Muslim husband, who wanted to perform a ritual for his dead Hindu wife and a temple society in a New Delhi Bengali. Ms.Ghatak was cremated, as per Hindu rites at Delhi’s Nigam Bodh Ghat but the family could not perform shradh. He was being dominated neighborhood has not allowed because they believe the woman was no longer a Hindu after her marriage even as she hadn’t given up her faith.
Imtiazur Rahman, who is based in Kolkata, lost her wife Nivedita Ghatak in the capital after she suffered from multi-organ failure last week.
Mr. Rahman, who works as assistant commissioner, commercial taxes in the West Bengal government, said he had booked an August 12 slot at Kali Mandir Society in the Bengali-dominated Chittaranjan Park after paying Rs. 1,300 for the ceremony on August 6. But he was later told by the temple society that his booking has been canceled “for obvious reasons”.
Mr. Bhowmik said “we got to know about his religious identity when a priest got suspicious and asked him about gotra. Obviously, he had no answers. Muslims don’t follow the gotra system. His wife can no longer be considered a Hindu after marrying the Muslim because a woman adopts the surname and belief system of her in-laws and becomes a part of that society. It was done in keeping with and respecting the Hindu traditions and rites”.
Mr. Bhowmik said “who knows the man has some ulterior motive and could bring in 50-100 of his relatives inside the temple and start praying Namaz” there.”What will we do in that case? Should we allow that?” he asked.
“Why insist on a temple in Delhi? Why doesn’t he do it at his home in Kolkata?”Being probed further that it was only the temple society’s hypothetical fear, Mr. Bhowmik said,“if Mr. Rahman was too keen on performing the ritual of his wife he should do that at his home”.
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