Only Muslim family’s head elected as panch in Hindu-majority Bhaderwah village


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Setting an excellent example of communal harmony, a small Hindu dominated village in Bhaderwah area of  Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district has elected the head of only Muslim family as its panch, PTI reported.

Chowdhary Mohammad Hussain (54), a Gujjar from a family of cattle rearers, has become the Panch of Bhelan-Kharothi village of Hanga Panchayat, 10 kms west of Bhaderwah town.

Hussain’s who heads the only Muslim family in the 450-odd residents of the village is living with his wife, five sons and a daughter-in-law and has married off all his four daughters.

“This may seem bizarre in a polarised and communally driven society today, but we take pride in our shared brotherhood,”  a local resident, Duni Chand (57) told PTI.

The unanimous decision of the villagers has not only made Hussain emotional but upbeat to work round-the-clock for the welfare of the villagers.

Panchayat Hanga of Bhadarwah block went to polls in the 7th phase of the ongoing nine-phased Panchayat elections of Jammu and Kashmir.


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