Bandipora: Mistaking an offer of help from an NGO as a government attempt to “silence us”, 18-year-old Maria, the eldest daughter of a man jailed under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), turned away members of Kashmir Human American Society (KHAS) who visited her home on Sunday to offer aid and legal help with her father’s case.
The girl who is taking care of her five younger siblings at Sayed Mohalla in Bandipora’s Hajin town mistook the NGO for a government agency. Her maternal uncle, Zahoor Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader that “the kids were alone at home when the NGO team visited them. They told me that they thought some government agency had come to ‘silence us’ by offering relief material and legal help.”
The Kashmir Human American Society had approached the family to offer aid and legal help with the case of their father, Asadullah Parray, who is currently in Jammu’s Kot Balwal Jail. He has been jailed since 2015 with three back-to-back cases under the Public Safety Act. The mother of his six children had died four years ago due to cancer.
Before this, another NGO, Ehsaas International, had approached these kids after Kashmir Reader did a story on their plight. Many volunteers have since offered to help these kids but Maria has only now opened a bank account.