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Kashmiri Hindu lady to fast with Muslim relatives

By Faisul Yaseen

Chakan-Da-Bagh (LoC), Oct 9:

Kamla Devi, 65, a resident of Lamberi Nowshera Rajouri, in Indian administered Kashmir is a Hindu, but she has Muslim relatives in Mirpur in Pakistan administered Kashmir.

As Devi crossed over at Chakan da Bagh crossing today to visit her relatives on the other side of divide she said she will be fasting for the next 15 days, as Muslims do in the Holy month of Ramadhan.

"I will take my breakfast at Sehri (midnight) when they take their meals before dawn. Then I will take my dinner with them when they break their fast at Iftiyar," Devi said.

Kamla Devi also became the first Hindu lady to crossover the Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch, 250 km from Jammu.

Devi's relatives had crossed over to the other side of Kashmir in 1965 and settled there. Her relatives who all are Muslims live in Rawalkote PoK.

"They will offer Nimaz and I will offer my Puja. They are Muslims. I am Hindu. But Religion cannot change the colour of our blood," she said.

While the religous divide is insignificant for them, the political divide has kept them separated. In the decades after their separation they could not visit each other and they cannot call each other often, given the hostile situation in India and Pakistan.

For her the cross border bus comes as a god given gift but complaints remain.

"We cannot call one another over telephone and we don't get one another's letters through a postal system. It is bad. The two countries should ease these restrictions," she said hoping the relations between India and Pakistan, would change in the near future.

The Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point on the LoC was thrown open on May 20, 2006 and connects Poonch with Rawalakote through Rahe-e-Milan.

Apart from Kamal Devi Forty-four persons crossed over to Pakistan administered Kashmir today through the Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing on the LoC. Forty two persons also crossed over from PaK to Poonch.

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