Blinded by pellets, Insha shines; qualifies 10th class examination

Tasavur Mushtaq


Insha Mushtaq, the teenager who symbolized the tragedies of Kashmir’s pellet victims after she lost both her eyes in the unrest of 2016, has qualified her class 10th examination.

The results which were announced on Tuesday declared Insha qualified with a note that ‘she needs to improve.’

A relative of Insha confirmed to Kashmir Life about her results and said that she has to appear in Mathematics again.

File image of Insha in hospital (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Her father Mushtaq Ahmad Lone says the result is “beyond expectation”, and they are “very happy.”

Taking on to twitter, former CM Omar Abdullah congratulated teenage Insha and prayed for her future success. “A special shout out to young Insha who was blinded by pellets during the 2016 protests & has cleared her 10th exams today. May Allah keep rewarding your hard work & efforts,” he wrote on Twitter.

Kashmir’s chief cleric and Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also congratulated Insha and termed her success as an example for everyone. “Congratulations to brave Insha Mushtaq on clearing her class 10 exams. Despite going through the trauma of losing her eye sight due to pellets, she has managed an amazing feat. Her determination and resilience is an example for everyone. May Allah bless her always!”

File image Insha sitting with her mother in their Sedow Shopian home. (KL Image: Aakash Hassan)

Insha Mushtaq dominated media in 2016 as her pellet ridden face had gone viral on social networking sites.

A resident of Sedow village in Shopian district of south Kashmir, Insha was hit by around 350 pellets on her face when she was trying to watch the protests on the main road. She was watching from her kitchen. As the pellets hit her, she fainted instantly. It was July 12, 2016, few days after HM Commander Burhan Wani was killed in Kokernag.

Badly injured Insha was rushed to Srinagar’s SKIMS. Next time, she regained senses, she was already blind. Later she was flown to other hospitals in Delhi and Mumbai.

File image of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti visiting Insha at Delhi hospital

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti visited her in Eye Care Centre at Safdarjung Hospital and assured full support in helping her to regain eyesight. “Offered to donate my one eye so that the innocent young girl could see the world again,” Mehbooba said later.

“When I visited the hospital and saw the girl, my heart came in my mouth (sic) after seeing the condition of the innocent girl who wanted to become a doctor,” Mehbooba said, adding: “When I called Insha and asked her that if she is annoyed with me, her mother was in tears which made me to think that whose fault is this.”

Insha had replied to Mehbooba, “Why should you gouge your eyes and give it to me. Only I know what it is to live with darkness.”

Lone girl child of her parents, Insha, later was adopted by separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah and wife of Shah, Dr Bilques accompanied her to Mumbai for advancement treatment. However after undergoing four surgeries, there was no success. She is a complete blind girl now.

Watch Video: Insha’s World

Dr Sundaram Natarajan, celeberated ophthalmologist who was in valley to deal with pellet victims had told Kashmir Life that “Insha’s retina is in a very bad condition. She suffers from other eye complexities like vitreous hemorrhage, hemorrhage behind her retina and choroid detachment. Her surgery has gone well. But pellet has sliced part of her retina. One third of her retina is missing. So whatever was there, we cleared the blood and put the retina back. Let’s hope for the best.”

Her family tried even faith healers, but Insha could not see again.

The mother-daughter duo at their residence

Determined to come over the obstacle, Insha did not succumb to her infirmity. She decided to appear in class 10th examination, a benchmark in this part of world and was confident to make it to next class

Not able to write, she sought permission for an assistant, which was agreed upon by the BOSE authorities. The helper was a student of a lower class and was was dictated by Insha.

Insha during preparation had a tough time. Not able to see, a tutor had come to her home and read aloud from the books. Insha recorded and later remembered.

A relative of Insha told Kashmir Life, Mathematics she probably could not qualify because, “it need solving the problems and mere remembrance had its impact.”


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