In occupied Kashmir, Insha Mushtaq became the face of plight of 2,500-odd victims of pellet guns and photos of her in black glasses sparked an international debate.
It is the last day of Class 10 board examinations in Kashmir and clots of anxious students are gathered outside a school in Shopian district, breathlessly revising minutes before the tests begin. But one student stands out.
Dressed in a maroon pheran (traditional Kashmiri overcoat) and an orange scarf, Insha Mushtaq is chatting with her friends and is confident about her last paper, Music. Her eyes are covered by thick black glasses, a reminder of the struggles of a brutal past year.
The 15-year-old girl was peering out of the window of her home in Shopian’s Sedow village last year in July when a hail of pellets fired by police personnel hit her, plunging her world into darkness.
“My papers have gone well, all thanks to my tuition teachers and my ‘writer’,” she tells media.—KMS