Father in jail, six children living by themselves for 2 years
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Bandipora: Her father in jail since two years and her mother dead four years ago, 18-year-old Maria is taking care of four younger siblings in her home in Bandipora’s Hajin town. Maria recently qualified the Class 10 Board examination but circumstances are not conducive for her to continue studies.
Maria’s father is a senior Muslim League activist in Bandipora. Mohammad Asadullah Parray has been languishing in Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu for the past two years, according to his relatives. Asadullah was detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) on August 13, 2015. His brother said that the detention under PSA has been renewed thrice, the latest extension orderd on December 28 last year.
“Despite the previous PSA orders being quashed by court, the authorities are ever-ready with new dossiers against him,” his brother Bashir Ahmad said. “The latest PSA is on the charge that Asadullah organised a rally in jail on Eid after Burhan Wani’s killing.”
Asadullah is associated with the Muslim League for the past eight years. He was a militant before that, his brother said, but shunned the path of violence. “He became associated with militants due to excesses committed by the Ikhwan. He was tortured by them on several occasions,” Bashir Ahmad said. “He spent 10 years in jail prior to 2008, when he joined Muslim League.”
Asadullah’s children are hopeful that their father will be set free. Osama, the youngest child, is a Class 3 student. He met his father 4 months ago in Kot Balwal Jail. “My maternal uncle took me with him to visit papa in Jammu. I miss him so much,” he said.
For Maria, her father is innocent and she wants him to be set free. “We are proud of our father. Demanding freedom is no sin. He should be released for our sake,” she said, adding that her father “is being wrongly detained despite court orders which have quashed his detention several times.”
Maria said that the children used to meet their father during court hearings in Srinagar, but for the past 8 months no court hearing has taken place, “for reasons best known to the authorities who have detained him,” she said.
Maria said she was 14 when her mother died. “Osama was only 4 when our mother left us,” she said. “Sumaya, 17, is in Class 10, Sabreena is in Class 7, and Insha is in Class 6. However, 11-year-old Ulfat is not mentally sound and has left studies due to various disabilities.”
“If our mother was alive, I would have been able to meet my father every now and then,” Maria said and broke down in tears.

11 Responses to "Father in jail, six children living by themselves for 2 years"

  1. Muhammed naizam   February 22, 2017 at 2:51 am

    I will accept this childrens

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  2. Naserul gaffar sheikh.   February 22, 2017 at 10:41 am

    May
    God bless you & give a long life.

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  3. suhail mir   February 22, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    We must help them to their comfort

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  4. Sujata Madhok   February 22, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Arbitrary detentions under Kashmir’s Public Safety Act deny many of their rights. What is the mistake of these innocent children left orphaned by the state? Does the judiciary care what happens to such families?

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  5. Shadman   February 22, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    How can we help these girls and make a difference in their life. Who is taking care of their financials. I would like to contribute.

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  6. Rav Pat   February 23, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Sad state of affairs..India loves and carsz fir alk its citizens..even those who are misguided by Pakistan and the selfish Hurriyat….We believe in live and let live fid all religions abf communities in the whole world.But if anybody trys to break us by brajn washing our own and propagates terror as a means of getting what he wants…then the whole country including peace loving Kashmiris will fight them and defea them…Jai Hind

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  7. Mujeeb   February 23, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Allah will helps them …in sha allah and i am ready for marry her younger sistter if she wants i am Dr.mujeeb

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  8. g R malik   February 23, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Concerned higher ups should consider the case on humanitarian groundd taking pity & miserable conditions of the sall kids in account.

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  9. Khalid Choudhary   February 24, 2017 at 12:43 am

    A very sad story. May Allah SWT gives courage and health to Maria. Is there a way to help this famil, please let me know

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  10. adil   February 24, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    it’s too much hurting, india should stop this type of behave with kashmiris

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  11. Humanity   February 24, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    very saddening

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