Kupwara: Girl students’ at religious seminary facing water shortage for last two weeks

Kashmir Wire

Girl students at a religious seminary in Kupwara district in northern part of Kashmir are suffering immensely due to non-availability of water for past two weeks.

Water supply to ‘Fatimat ul Zuhra’, a seminary’ in remote Guzriyal village of the district got snapped after a supply line was dislodged during earth cutting for construction of a link road, two weeks ago, locals said.

“We are dying for a drop of water. The water supply was snapped two weeks before and despite repeated requests the concerned department has not restored it making us to suffer” said Shaheena Akther, a student.

At least 72 girls from across the district are pursuing Islamic education at the seminary, which is around 27 Kms from district heaquarters.

The girls said they had to trek about two kilometer distance to make ablutions for Friday prayers a day before.

In absence of water supply, the girls fetch potable water from a pond miles away.

“The girls have not taken a bath and washed clothes for past two weeks. Somehow we manage water for drinking and cooking purpose. Thewashrooms are stinking,” said Jabeena Akther, a student.

Executive Engineer Public Health Engineering division Kupwara Farooq Ahmad said, “I will look into the issue and make efforts to address it at the earliest,”  (Kashmir Wire ).

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