Razzak Khan Tikari, a resident of Chhattisgarh, rose above religious boundaries and performed Hindu rites for his deceased friend, Santosh Singh.
Singh was suffering from a critical health condition for some time and succumbed to it on 20 September. He belonged to Harda area and was living in Baitul with his wife Chhaya and their eight-year-old daughter.
Santosh's wife was not able to arrange money to perform proper rites after his death because of her poor economical condition. Khan came forward and took the responsibility of the entire task. He also performed all the rites as per Hindu tradition and cremated Santosh's body.
Khan told Patrika that Singh and he had been friends for the last eight years and he considered friend's family as his own. He took the help of an organisation to make sure that everything was done. "Religion should not become a barrier in friendship," he explained.