Srinagar, March 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the 15-year-old Insha, the symbol of pellet-rage last year, packed her bags and was helped by her parents up to the bus stop at Sedow in South Kashmir’s Shopian district as schools across Kashmir reopened after almost eight months.

Insha received a burst of pellets on her face in July last year during mass uprising after the killing of Hizb Commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani. Despite hectic efforts by her family, the girl couldn’t get back her vision. Insha is in class 10 in Green Land Higher Secondary School, Shopian.

“After hearing about the reopening of the schools on March 1, she insisted to go to school. We tried to divert her attention, but she stuffed her bag with books and decided to leave for her school. We were left with no option but to support her,” Insha’s father, Mushtaq Ahmed Lone, said in an interview. It was, however, a heart-wrenching scene in Sedow village as many women in Insha’s neighbourhood broke down as the girl, blinded by the pellets, walked towards the main bus stop.

Wearing a traditional Kashmiri gown, a head scarf and goggles, Insha sat on a seat in her school bus with her cousin clutching her hand.

Insha’s father said that it was not clear, how long, his daughter would continue going to her school. “She was feeling restless at her home after she heard that the schools have re-opened across Kashmir,” he said, adding that it was a terrible moment for them.

Ashiq Hussain, the administrator of the school, said that it was very difficult to see Insha attending the school after such a long time. Everyone welcomed her amid emotions, he added.

The pellet terror that continues in occupied Kashmir from July last year has left scores of youth blinded in one or both the eyes and damaged te eyesight of more than 1,000 others.

Pellets ruptured the retina and optic never of Insha’s both eyes and even after six surgeries in Srinagar and All India Institute of Medical Sciences in AIIMS, New Delhi, she couldn’t regain her eyesight.


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