As Kashmir burns after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, with half the state under curfew, a brave Kashmiri couple risked a strict curfew to get food to their friend who are Kashmiri Pandit. Zubeda Begum and her husband didn’t care for their lives. They walked on a deserted road in Srinagar with a bag of food items to deliver it to a friend who had called them from across the Jehlum.
“She had called me in the morning saying her family needed food supplies. They have an ailing grandmother staying with them. I am taking the food to them. It is difficult but we are trying to reach them,” Zubeda said.
A report in India Today states that, shops and establishments remained shut for days and there was no means of transport on the roads. Police had limited the movement of people. According to the couple, the risk and effort of the long walk was compensated with the warmth they received after arriving at Diwanchand’s flat in Jawahar Nagar. “Everyone is suffering here. We are so glad that these people came here. This is where the humanity lies,” said Diwanchand Pandit.
Diwanchand and his family have been living in the Valley for years. He works at All India Radio and his wife is a teacher at a local school. Zubeda is her colleague there. Diwanchand and his family, including an ailing grandmother, were desperate for help as the crisis mounted in the Valley.
Kashmir has been in the grip of unrest for the last five days. Violent protests are being reported from many areas following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. In the midst of this violence, Zubeda’s selfless act is an example of how humanity prevails even today, in times of adversity.