Srinagar: Scores of people have come forward to help the six siblings who are living on their own in Syed Mohalla, Hajin area of Bandipora district, as their father serves detention under Public Safety Act (PSA) in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail. The mother of the children died four years ago while the father was put in jail two years ago. Kashmir Reader published a report on the plight of these children, after which the family has received generous offers of help from citizens living in the state as well as abroad.
Maria, 18, is the eldest of the siblings and takes care of them. Osama, 8, is the youngest, and elder to him is 11-year-old Ulfat. Insha is in Class 6, Sabreena in Class 7, and Sumaya in Class 10.
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A group of individuals, Ehsaas International, paid the siblings a visit and have decided to provide them with essentials like clothing and a gas stove. According to the group, who met with the principal of the school where the children are enrolled, the school has not been charging any fees from them since their father was arrested. The principal of Mohiuddin Hajini Memorial School has said he will only charge the students once their father is released from jail.
A Dubai-based professional, however, Reader has learnt, has taken responsibility of bearing all educational costs of the siblings.
Shafqat School in Bemina will be enrolling 11-year-old Ulfat, who is specially-abled among the siblings.
Several individuals and groups contacted the Reader office to offer help and enquire about the family.
US-based non-profit organisation Kashmir American Humane Society (KAHS) has also expressed willingness to offer any kind of help to the family, currently being looked after by the eldest sibling, Maria, who recently qualified the Class 10 Board examination but is unable to study further because of the family situation.
Maria’s father Mohammad Asadullah Parray, a political activist in Bandipora, is serving imprisonment since two years, according to his relatives, after he was slapped with a PSA on August 13, 2015.
Parray’s brother told Reader that the detention under PSA has been renewed thrice, the latest extension ordered on December 28 last year.
Meanwhile, Parray’s children continue to remain hopeful that their father will be released soon.