Baramulla: In the five years since Afzal Guroo was hanged and buried inside Tihar Jail without informing his family, his son Galib has passed two Board examinations with distinction, and his widow Tabassum has constructed her own house in Baramulla, though it is still incomplete. As they wait, and struggle, for a better life, the mother and son continue to await the return of Afzal’s mortal remains.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Tabassum said that her husband’s remains can be given to her if the government of Jammu and Kashmir asks the Indian government for them. But, she added, the government of Jammu and Kashmir consists of people who live for themselves, with no concern for common people.
Tabassum spoke to KR at the old house where she lived with Afzal, at Jagir Sopore. “As it is the fifth death anniversary of my husband (on February 9), I reached my husband’s home three days before to see the guests who visit for Fatehakhwani (special prayers). Despite the curbs and restrictions, many people visit the home every year to offer condolences and special prayers,” she said.
She said that her only child, Galib, is now taking coaching in Srinagar for the entrance exam to MBBS course. “All my attention is towards my son now. But I still want the Government of India to give us back the mortal remains of my husband,” she said.
Two days ahead of Afzal’s death anniversary, teams of police and paramilitary cordoned off all areas and roads that lead to Jagir. Locals said that people are being frisked all day. Despite such hurdles, scores of people have managed to reach Afzal’s house which they have decorated with posters and banners.
“Yes, several groups of people reached our home and they installed banners and pasted posters and other decoration, while some have start Darood Khawani (special prayers),” Tabassum said.