Family struggles to console 7-month-old infant, who lost her mother in encounter

Handwara: Maryam Jan, a seven -month-old –  baby girl has spent most of time in the lap of her father since her motherhood was snatched by the government forces nearly two weeks ago.

Maysara Bano (22), her mother, was killed after security forces’ allegedly fired at her during an encounter near her house in Unisoo village of northern Kupwara district, on December 11 — an allegation denied by police.

The woman was killed in cros-firing between militants and security forces, police claimed after her killing evoked massive protests in the area. 

Three suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants were  killed in the gunfight with government forces that day.  

“I am struggling to feed her but she is missing her mother in the heart of her hearts. She is inconsolable.” Ishfaq Ahmad , her father and Maysara’s husband told Kashmir Wire.

The little girl does not even know that she has been deprived of much-needed motherhood but the devastating impact of the tragedy is visible on her face.

“Her grandparents also take hour-long turns to give the motherless baby a feeling of motherhood, while holding her in arms and feeding her milk throughout the day but apparently there is no alternative to a mother’s affection especially for a baby who is barely seven month old now, ” Ishfaq added as he began to sob aloud.

Nearly two weeks have passed since the tragedy struck the poor family but the  relatives and neighbors are still visiting the bereaved family to console them.

Devastated by the tragedy, the bereaved family members’ does not want the compensation.

“Nothing can compensate the loss of a human life especailly of a feeding mother. The guilty soldier who killed the mother of little baby must be hanged or sentenced to life,” Ishfaq demanded.

The little daughter’s deteriorating health haunts the father struggling to give her the solace of mother.    

“Her deteriorating health is a major concern to me. How could she grow up without the mother’s affection at her infancy stage,” Ishfaq asked. (Kashmir Wire)  

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