Says photojournalist hailed for ferrying injured student
SRINAGAR: Well-known photojournalist Dar Yasin is being feted for helping an injured female student while he was covering protests in downtown Srinagar on Thursday.
“I was in a group of photojournalists when I saw her head smeared in blood. There was no one for her help. Her friends were helplessly waiting for somebody. I passed my camera to my friend and went to help her. I picked her in my arms and walked to a nearby square from where she was taken to hospital in a car,” Dar told Kashmir Reader.
The injured girl, Khushboo, studies at a the government higher secondary school in Nawa Kadal. She was admitted to SMHS hospital on Thursday and stayed there for 24 hours.
“Humanity comes first. I could not see her in that forlorn condition. Can a father see her daughter die in front of his eyes? I consider her my daughter, too,” said Dar, who works for the Associated Press (AP).
The Thursday incident was not the first time in the 14-year journalism career of Dar, an engineer by qualification, when he attempted to save a life while on assignment. Dar said that in the 2005 Lal Chowk blast, he had attempted to save a mother and daughter who had been hit by the grenade blast.
“Though none of them survived, I tried my level best to save their life. I have also attempted to save my colleagues who were injured while covering protests. Photography fascinates me, but saving a life makes me feel contented,” Dar said.
People hailed Dar’s effort on social media after photos of his helping the injured student were shared on social networking sites.
Last week, international photographer Abd Alkader Habak chose to leave his camera aside to rescue a child, and broke down at the end of the ordeal, when he was covering an assignment in war-torn Syria.