The incident took place in the suburbs of Mumbai when Waman Kadam, a 65 years old building watchman breathed his last at his residence. His wife Vitava found herself alone during the hour of grief. She called Kadam’s two sons from his first wife and relatives but they were reluctant to come over at night to help the grieving widow. Later, she requested her neighbours Khalil Pawne, Fahad Dabir, Nawaz Dabir, Rahil Dabir, Shaban Khan, Maqsood Khan, Farooque Khan, and Mohammad Kasam Shaikh to help in performing the last rites of Kadam.

Acting promptly to the distress call of a widow, all the eight youths set out to look for a Hindu priest to conduct the funeral rituals. Soon the youths arranged for a Hindu priest and all items required such as bamboo, earthen pots, incense sticks, white cloth, and thatched mat. They even got a death certificate from a doctor.

"My husband would never have thought that his last journey would be with so much honour. There were 40-odd Muslim youths in the funeral procession. We have known them since they were knee high; now, they turned out to be sensitive and responsible adults," said Vitava.

This is not the first time that the youths helped Kadam’s family. On Sunday, they took Kadam to the nearby hospital when he was feeling uneasy. "We brought him home in the evening. In the night, we heard aunty scream for help as Kadam uncle was vomiting. We ran to their house and found him lying lifeless. We called up their relatives and two sons who live in Mumbra and Badlapur, but most of them were reluctant to come over at night. They said they would come over the next morning", Sheikh said.