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Promoting communal harmony: MC Bijbehara workers cleaning temples every week

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Anantnag: In Muslim majority Bijbehara, the local Municipal Committee has been cleaning Hindu sacred holy places, conveying a message of harmony among the masses.
President Municipal Committee Bijbehara and her team have been cleaning all religious places every week in Bijbehara town. Shaheena Parveen while talking to ‘Kashmir Vision’ said that after taking charge, she ordered her subordinates to clean all religious places within her jurisdiction every week.
The locals here comprises of Muslims and Sikhs who have been taking care of their religious places on their own. However, some temples in the vicinity were ignored as all the Hindus living in the area had migrated to other places.
“We decided to keep the premises around the temples clean so I ordered my staff to do a weekly cleaning job in and around the temples as well,” she said.
“Me and my team cleaned three temples including two small and one big temple in the town and now we have been cleaning them every week from the last three months,” Shaheena said.
She said that heaps of dirt could be seen inside the temple when they visited it for cleaning, saying that it took them three days to clean these temples.
“I honour the temple as much as I do honour the mosque,” she said, adding that she believe that sanctity of every religious place should be maintained even though if it bears no relation with your religion.
“I thank everyone especially my team who have been helping me in this endevour and I hope they will support me in future as well,” she said.
Pertinently, Shaheena was recently elected as President of Municipal Committee Bijbehara on a Congress ticket.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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