Warangal Urban: In a heart-rending incident, a woman had to light the pyre of her husband as their son was stranded in Australia due to the spread of the pandemic coronavirus. Their daughter, who lives in Bengaluru, also could not attend the last rites following the lockdown in the State.
This incident happened at Narayanagiri village in Dharmasagar mandal in the district on Tuesday. Korem Prabhakar Reddy (48), a farmer, died of heart stroke on Tuesday. Though it is a tradition that the son of the deceased lights the pyre, Prabhakar Reddy’s wife Sarala had to light the pyre, which is against the tradition, due to conditions prevailing in view of the pandemic coronavirus.
While their only son Saikrishna Reddy is pursuing MS in Australia, their daughter Nithisa is working for a software company in Bengaluru. Both the children could not attend the funeral rites due to the lockdown. Moreover, just 10 people from the village participated in the funeral procession of Prabhakar Reddy due to the corona scare. However, the children managed to watch the funeral rituals through WhatsApp video. “Due to coronavirus scare and the lockdown, my son and daughter expressed their helplessness to attend the last rites. Consequently, I had to do the rituals related to funeral including the lighting of the pyre,” Sarala lamented.
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