Muslim couple braves curfew in Kashmir to feed Hindu friends


Kashmir remains tense ever since Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight with the Indian army on Friday. The death toll of civilians killed in protests triggered by Wani’s death rose to 32 on Monday.

Half of Jammu and Kashmir continues to be under curfew. However, none of this mattered to a Muslim couple who risked their lives to get food to their Hindu friends.

According to a report in an Indian news media outlet, Zubeda Begum and her husband walked miles on a deserted road in Srinagar on Monday, carrying bags of food after they learned their Hindu friends living in the valley had been out of food for over two days.

The couple got a call from the hunger-stricken family living across River Jhelum who told them their ordeal.

“She (Zubeda’s friend) had called me in the morning saying her family needed food supplies,” Zubeda told India Today, as she went about her mission braving the strict curfew in Srinagar. “They have an ailing grandmother staying with them. I am taking the food to them.”

Diwanchand Pandit and his family are residents of Kashmir Valley who had had no access to food in the previous couple of days because of the curfew.

Zubeda and Diwanchand’s family have known each other for some time.

“Everyone is suffering here. We are so glad that these people came here. This is where the humanity lies,” Diwanchand Pandit said.

Courtesy: Huff Post India