Discussing the word Azaadi being written by some student on the blackboard, soldiers were infuriated when a teacher of a Goodwill School referred a slain militant as a Shaheed. He was sacked. In immediate follow up, all the 40 teachers put in their papers. It literally grounded the good will. Good sense prevailed. The teachers were recalled, requested to withdraw their resignations. Students who were behind the Azaadi word have been identified and their parents counseled. The school reopened after a weeklong crisis.


Gone are the days that one has to loudly accept in public that he or she is marrying him or her. None, you can get married without even knowing and it will be on paper and registered. Though it is normal in Kashmir but the high court is investigating one such case. In the case being probed by police, the “bride” came to know of her “marriage” when court summoned her on the plea filed against her by one Fayaz Ahmad Ganaie of Pattan.  This has led to two court cases – one filed by Ganaie in Pattan for restitution of conjugal rights and the other filed by the lady in Baramulla saying the nikkah is fake. The lady says she is unmarried. The case was earlier heard by a Panchayat in which Ganie lost. But now High Court is hearing the case. There are countless such cases in courts.


An old man married off his daughter on the condition that his son-in-law lives with him and takes care of them for at least 10 years. They lived as orchard caretakers in Srinagar. But the man Rafiq Bajrang had fight with his father-in-law Abdul Rehman Chichi. One day Chichi went missing. When their neighbour Mohammad Yasin Chichi, a resident of Rajouri, asked about him, he was told he has gone missing. Nobody informed police. The Bajrang couple then slightly went home to Kangan. Then police got in, arrested the man, he confessed to killing and recovered the body. He had raised a bathroom on the pit where he dumped his father-in-law! The court is collecting evidence before Bajrang goes to gallows.


In the just concluded elections, Kashmiris living in Britain has retained six berths in 650-member House of Commons, they had won in 2015. Those re-elected include Naz Shah (Naseem Shah), Imran Hussain (Mirpur), Shabana Mahmood (Mirpur), Nusrat Ghani, Khalid Mohamood (Dadayal) and Rahman Chishti who family is from Muzafferabad.


Bimla, an unidentified soldier’s wife, who is mother of two, had to go on internet to make herself heard. She put up an emotional video detailing how a local young man, Nadeem Ahmad, was stalking her for last three years. She alleged the man wanted her to marry him. On video, she said if the police does not act against the person, she will commit suicide along with her two kids. As the video went viral on social websites, the police registered a case and arrested Nadeem.


All the able-bodied men from a Banihal village work in Delhi’s Turkman gate. Almost forty in number, they are from Dolegam village and they have created a strong connection with this Old Delhi spot in last three decades. Working as daily-wage labourers, they haul load on their reris (wooden trolleys). These hardy men are the key clientele to a few Kashmiri eateries in Matia Mahal and Urdu Bazaar belts where some of them even sell nun chai and lavasa roti. Mostly landless back home, they struggle to make two ends meet and feed their families. Interestingly, the migration was led by Mohammad Abdullah, the seventy year old man. He does not work and is taken care of by others.

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