Srinagar: A Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) woman, who had recently accompanied her husband to Kashmir Valley under the return and rehabilitation policy of J&K government, died on Monday after she set herself ablaze in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district five days ago.
Saira Bano, wife of Abdul Majeed Wani, hailing from Badipora, Bandipora set herself ablaze on April 10. Bano has left behind her three children including two small girls. After the incident, she was admitted to SKIMS Srinagar in a critical condition where she succumbed to her injuries on Monday.
Reports stated that Bano was disgruntled over the lack of facilities being provided to her family under the return and rehabilitation policy for the former militants.
Nazir Ahmad Shah, resident of Khai Tangan Baramulla told local news agency KNS that he returned to Valley after 18 years with his wife and children via Nepal. He said that lack of facilities has perturbed the families of returnees and that their wives “have become mentally retarded.”
“Our passport is being seized at Nepal border. No one is helping us here and our wives are terming this place a prison for them,” Nazir said, adding that 250 men along with their wives who belong to PaK returned to Valley but neither the government nor their relatives are paying any heed to the problems that they face every day in Kashmir.
Wife of another returnee Bashir Ahmad, a resident of Kreeri, Baramulla had consumed poison and ended her life due to the hardships she faced in Kashmir.
Rayees Ahmad Dar, who had recently returned from PaK via Nepal after 16 years along with his wife, told KNS that the government has turned a blind eye towards their plight and that no efforts for their rehabilitation are being taken up. “We have no jobs; banks don’t provide us loans to set up our own business. The certificates of our children are not being accepted by the schools here. If we apply for a private job, police denies our verification details,” Rayees said, adding many want to go back to PaK but their travel documents are already seized.