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A Christian Woman’s Body buried Three Times amid Religious Tension in Kyrgyzstan

The event emphasises the extent to which the freedom of religion is narrowed down despite the fact that states welcome all faiths and promises their freedom

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October 22, 2016: In Kyrgyzstan, a widower had to bury his wife three times. The reason, she was a Christian. The incident has released tension in the country over the freedom of religions.

Kanygul Satyabaldieva passed away at an age of 76, in Sary-Talaa, her home village in southern Kyrgyzstan’s Ala-Buka district, on 13th October 2016. Her daughter, Jyldyz  Azaeva has been struggling to give her mother a proper funeral.

When Jyldyz buried her in the local Muslim and Russian Orthodox cemetery, the villagers protested against it. The poor woman’s body was exhumed due to her Baptist faith. The family found themselves in the middle of a rising dispute in which the entire village turned against them.

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On 14th October, the Imam, followed by a large crowd have visited the family and asked Jyldyz to leave Christianity and convert to Islam. Even though, she agreed to their terms for the sake of her mother, the Imam informed her that she could bury her mother in her family’s garden.

Losing all hope they turned to the local officials who arranged her mother’s burial in the nearby village of Oruktu. But after the body was interred, the Muslim leaders of Oruktu started objecting Kanygul’s burial in the cemetery and as a result, a second exhumation order was issued.

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The family then accepted an offer by the local officials to bury Kanygul in the municipal cemetery of the district capital, Ala-Buka. But after the burial, Azaeva said that both local Christian and Muslim leaders of the town agreed that she must be dug up and removed again. This time the problem was that Kanygul was a Baptist and thus many Kyrgyz citizens traditionally accepted the notions of the Christianity, which is the Russian Orthodox Church.

Finally, Kanygul was buried in a secret location known only to the family and the local officials.

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The widower, Akjol Akaev, broke to tears by the callous treatment of his wife after her death. “Oh, my dearest, may you be in paradise now after this ordeal you have been through,” he said “Whoever did these things to you will surely have to answer for their deeds.”

The event emphasises the extent to which the freedom of religion is narrowed down despite the fact that states welcome all faiths and promises their freedom. “The first-ever mufti of our independent country, Kimsanbai Hajji, issued a fatwa banning the burial of followers of other religions together with Muslims. The current mullahs are following this order,” said Dilmurat Orozov, a representative of the Muslim NGO Islam Taalimi in Bishkek.

 by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

 

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)