Pellets in her eye, Hazilla has a question for ‘aunty Mehbooba’

Pellets in her eye, Hazilla has a question for ‘aunty Mehbooba’
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By Ubeer Naqushbandi  



Srinagar: Little Hazilla raises her hands and says, “I want to ask Mehbooba aunty what I had done, why I was shot at with pellets.”
A pretty girl in hijab and pink dress, nine years of age, Hazilla has been in SMHS hospital since ten days for treatment of pellet injuries in her left eye. She keeps asking her mother, “Asi Kar Din Chutti? (When will we be relieved?)”
“Soon,” her mother replies every time, hiding her grief.
The “doll like” Hazilla lives in Nanar village near Tral, the hometown of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani. In south Kashmir where “pro-freedom” rallies have become routine, a huge rally was taken out by people of the area ten days ago.
“My daughter and some other kids were playing in the lawn of the government primary school at Nanar,” said her mother, Hanifa. “The school is situated along the road on which people were marching in hordes. Suddenly, forces arrived at the spot and fired indiscriminately. There was chaos all around.”
Hanifa said her some people brought her daughter to her house. “I thought she was dead. The people told me she had been hit by pellets. I along with some relatives took her to Tral hospital, where doctors said she needed to go to SMHS, Srinagar”.
Hazilla, a Class 4 student, said in Kashmiri, “Be aesis gindaan, army aaye te lagovekh mae pellet, mae loag daab (I was playing. The army came and fired pellets. I fell down unconscious.”
The attention of everyone in the ward is occupied by the “cute-looking” girl. People came up to ask this reporter, “What had this fairy-like girl done?”
There can be no answer to such a question, except, she is innocent, she is innocent.

4 Responses to "Pellets in her eye, Hazilla has a question for ‘aunty Mehbooba’"

  1. Ahmer   September 2, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Very sad. Parents need to supervise their children better in these troubled times and teach them to run home when clashes start.

  2. Patrizia   September 2, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    She was in school for goodness sake! Maybe the teachers should train to provide shelter when there are serious threats to the safety of children they are in charge of.

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  4. Ramesh Iyer   September 3, 2016 at 9:57 am

    @Ahmer: The problem isn’t the parents. The problem is the illegal occupation of Kashmir. This is simply one more human right abuse in the long list of human right abuses India has committed in Kashmir which includes mass graves, rapes, and extra judicial killings.


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