Lend a patient ear to 14-year-old girl Bisma Jan, and you would be stunned, to say the least. She was just seven days old, when her fatherhood was snatched from her, leaving her to live a tormented life for all times to come.
Forty-year-old Haleema Begum was once a proud and happy homemaker, but now she lives on the support of her parents and neighbours. Haleema became a half-widow 12 years ago when her husband, Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat, was abducted by gunmen. Half-widow is a term used to describe the women whose husbands are missing in Jammu and Kashmir.
To feed her three children, Saleema Begum, 31, a widow, cleans houses in her native Dardpora village, near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir's frontier Kupwara district. The children sons Asif Ahmad, 8, and Faisal Ahmad, 7, and daughter Mubeena, 6 stay in the family's muddy house with their ailing grandmother, Sarwa Begum, 60, and wait for their mother to return from work in anticipation of eating dinner.
The recent trend of Journalists turning Politicians in Kashmir valley and in other parts of country seems picking ahead of parliamentary polls and upcoming Assembly elections. The sudden surge of journalists leaving their cushioned jobs to join politics can be credited largely to the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its leader Arvind Kejriwal, who has inspired people to work for change.