In a rare incident of its kind in Kashmir valley, an octogenarian couple was found dead under mysterious condition in their house in Srinagar on Friday sending shock waves in the Muslim majority Valley.
While police has not ruled out suicide angle, residents said that the two were living alone as their only son started living with his wife after marriage.
Police recovered the dead bodies of Abdul Sattar Kundji (85) and his wife Jali (80) from their home in Firdous Colony of Bemina in the outskirts of Srinagar city.
"The couple was found dead in a suspicious condition at their home.
We have registered a case and are waiting for postmortem report," said In-charge Officer of Bemina Police post, Mansoor Ahmad.
"They have four daughters and a son. All have been married. The son is living separate with his wife," said Ahmad.
The police officer revealed that the couple, because of their old age, mostly remained indoors. "The man was 85 and was not working. Besides their financial position was not good as well," he said.
The youth of Kashmir, where traditionally a culture of joint and extended families has been going on for centuries, have off late started opting for nuclear families.
The shift signifies a major change in a society where parents have traditionally been revered and have been looked after by their sons and daughters.
Despite Islam discouraging old age homes, a group of elderly people in 2007 came together to set up a home for themselves - the first such accommodation for senior citizens in Kashmir valley.
The elderly who still live within the joint families are feeling lonely, saying the attitude of young people towards the old has been changing.