Hindu-majority village sets example of communal harmony, elects Muslim man as Panch in J-K

By PTI |Bhaderwah |Published: December 8, 2018

Setting an example of communal harmony and brotherhood, a Hindu-majority village in Bhaderwah town of Jammu and Kashmir elected unopposed the head of its only Muslim family as their Panch in the ongoing nine-phased Panchayat polls.

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

Incidentally, Hussain’s is the only Muslim family in the 450-odd residents of the village. He 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