Sopore: Thousands of people today attended the last rites of Atiqa Behan at her ancestral place in north Kashmirs, Jalalabad Sopore.
Atiqa Behan, a well-known educationist, heritage lover and vice president of Adbee Markaz Kamraz Jammu and Kashmir passed away on Wednesday evening at Sopore after a prolonged illness.
She was 76.Popularly known as Behenji, she was indisposed for a long time battling cancer. She was operated upon in February and had recovered but her condition deteriorated in last few days.
Atiqa Ji had retired as Director Libraries and Research and held important posts in Education department where she served as Joint Director. She contributed hugely to the education set up and was considered to be a tough administrator.
A heritage and language lover, Atiqa Ji founded first of kind heritage museum in private sector called Meeras Mahal at Sopore.
She also founded a chain of educational institutions and contributed a lot in the empowerment of women. She was also the founder of Majlis-un-Nisa, the first ever women exclusive organisation in north Kashmir.
As vice president of AMK, Atiqa Ji played an important role in shaping up its language movement. She brought a change in the organisation by a leading group of women who became equal partners in the movement. She is also an owner of Kashmiri weekly newspaper ‘soun meeras’.