In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, hundreds of mourners gathered for the last rites of young girl student Rafiya Nazir who succumbed to her injuries received in a grenade blast a day earlier in Srinagar.
Heart-wrenching wails filled the air as inconsolable relatives and friends recalled how the young girl, who had recently passed class 12 examinations with flying colours, wanted to become a doctor.
—The teenager, who had suffered fatal splinter injuries in the head in the explosion at the busy Hari Singh High Street market near Amira Kadal locality of the Srinagar city, was laid to rest.
Hundreds of men and women – old and young alike – who had gathered at her residence erupted in loud cries of mourning in Hazratbal locality of the city,.
Her relatives said she had gone out shopping with her mother and sister when the explosion occurred.
“She had received critical injuries and was operated upon. But, she succumbed this morning,” one of Rafiya’s relatives said.
He said Rafiya had secured 93 percent marks in Class 12 J&K Board exams results declared last month.“She was preparing for professional entrance examinations and wanted to become a doctor,” he said, but the dream was shattered and young life cut short by the grenade blast by unknown .
The collective crying made a howling sound in the nippy air and resonated with the masses visiting to sympathise with the victim family.—KMS