Her brother in jail, young woman falls ill, dies at home

SRINAGAR: The sister of an incarcerated youth died on Tuesday. She had fallen ill after her brother was arrested by JK police in November last year, a family member said.
Humair Yaseen, the brother, was first arrested by police in October at Jammu, brought to Srinagar and then booked under ‘draconian’ public safety act. Humair was then taken to Kot Bhalwal jail. Parvez Ahmad, cousin of the deceased, told Kashmir Reader that Nazima, the sister, had gone to meet her brother at Nowhatta police station when she fell unconscious.
“She had been bed-ridden since that day. At the time of her death, she was crying to see her brother,” Parvez said. “It was her brother’s arrest that affected her health. Before he was arrested, forces often used to raid her home, which made Nazima much stressed.”
Nazima’s exact medical state could not be verified because her medical prescriptions were misplaced and the family was in the state of mourning on Tuesday. A senior doctor told Kashmir Reader that depression can cause the death of a patient if he has a history of illness.
Parvez said that Nazima wanted to see her brother before she died. She was a post-graduate in commerce, but she preferred to stay at home and help her mother in daily chores. A resident of Roshanghar locality at Nowhatta in downtown Srinagar, the deceased is survived by her two siblings and parents.
After Nazima’s death, Parvez said her parents were asking for their son to be allowed to shoulder her coffin.
“As this was impossible, I dodged their questions until Nazima had been given a last bath and her funeral held. It was difficult to make them understand that Humair cannot be brought back. The absence of the son has created a deep void in the family,” Parvez said.
According to Humair’s counsel, the case was listed for today in the JK High Court but could not be heard. The case would be heard on Wednesday, he said.
Parvez has been appearing in the court on behalf of the family since Humair’s arrest. He was in court on Tuesday when Nazima died.