Daughters carry bier of father on their shoulders

Varanasi: Breaking the age old tradition wherein onlymen performed the last rites, four sisters here have set an example by carrying the bier of their father on their shoulders to the Harishchandra ghat here for cremation.

Ramya, Garima, Saumya and Mahima carried the bier of their father Yogesh Chandra Upadhyaya here yesterday.

Garima lit the funeral pyre.

Their family members and relatives also supported their act and stood in support of them.

Garima said there should not be any discrimination between men and women.

The four sisters said they want to set an example for the society, giving a message of gender equality.

Yogesh Chandra, resident of Bhaidaini area of the city, is survived by five daughters — Ramya, Garima, Saumya, Mahima and Arima– andwife Urmila.