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Kishore C Bhatt. Image source: http://www.prajapati-samaj.ca

Here is the story of a person who provides a kind-hearted farewell to souls. In India, performing the last rites of an individual are considered important to the wellbeing of the soul. When the phone of interior decorator Kishore C Bhatt rings, his phone calls are often from hospitals and police stations. Mr. Bhatt has voluntarily registered his phone number with several hospital morgues and police stations. When hospitals or the police encounter unclaimed bodies, they call him and as a mark of respect, he performs the last rites, irrespective of religion or caste.

During the past 37 years, the 54-year-old has carried out the last rites for as many as 1,500 unclaimed bodies — slum dwellers, beggars, orphans and the sick — who have no family, or whose family are too poor to pay for them. Hindus, Muslims, and Christians alike. He pays for the funerals too, which may cost anywhere between Rs. 1000 and Rs. 1500.

A very noble deed indeed. Read more here.