Four daughters-in-law break this tradition and carried the body of their mother-in-law all the way to the crematorium. Its, an age-old practice in India, that women were not allowed beyond the gates of the graveyard. Yet, these women in Maharashtra volunteered to lend their shoulders to lift up the mother-in-law who was more like a mother to them.
The 83 years old passed away on Monday due to her old age, leaving behind her inconsolable family of four sons and their family. “Her last wish was to donate her eyes. We fulfilled her final wish. In fact, when our father Dagdu passed away in 2013, the family had donated his eyes,” said the oldest son, Navnath D. Naikwade. On her last rites, the sons and the grandchildren and other relatives were engaged in making the funeral arrangements.
Meanwhile, the 4 daughters-in-law wanted to do something for their beloved mother-in-law. They decided to carry their mother-in-law, on the way to the crematorium. And yes, there were relatives who said they should not do so. However, the ladies were stubborn and carried their loving mother-in-law to the funeral pyre. This sight made the onlookers emotional. Subsequently, many onlookers, relatives, and neighbors joined this never-before-seen funeral procession.
The four women are: Lata Navnath Naikwade, Usha Radhakishan Naikwade, Manisha Jalinder Naikwade, and Meena Machhindra Naikwade.