Breaking gender stereotypes: Daughters Shoulder Mother’s Body, Perform Last Rites After Sons Skip funeral


Guwahati:  Breaking the old age tradition and stereotypes, four women carried the body of their mother on shoulders for 4 kms to the crematorium and performed her last rites after their two brothers didn’t turn up for the funeral in Odisha’s Puri.

As per reports, Jati Nayak, an octogenarian of Mangalaghat in Puri, passed away on Sunday.

The neighbors informed her two sons about the demise of their mother but neither of them turned up to perform the final rituals. 

It was then her four daughters decided to break the cultural barrier and cremate their mother.

The daughters, with the help of some neighbours, prepared a pyre and carried their mother’s body for 4 kms to reach the cremation ground (Swarga dwar) to perform the last rites.

“Our brothers had been neglecting our mother for the last 10 years. They never allowed her to stay with them. During these years, they never, even for once, inquired her if she was well, let alone taking care of her food. Prior to her death, she had once become ill and we had to shift her to hospital in an ambulance. Then, too, our brothers had chosen to remain indifferent,” Sitamani Sahu, one of the daughters, informed the media. 

It was reported that after her husband’s death, Nayak had to fend for the family as a street vendor. Instead of taking care, the daughters claimed that their brothers were “torturing” Nayak. 

The incident is yet another proof that lay bare how humanity is fast vanishing and filial duties are losing their intrinsic values in the so-called modern society of the 21st century.