A Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) woman who had recently accompanied her husband under the return and rehabilitation policy via Nepal on Monday lost her battle for life, five days after she had set herself ablaze in a village in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
According to reports, Saira Bano wife of Abdul Majeed Wani hailing from Badipora Bandipora set herself ablaze on April 10. Bano has left behind her three children including two girls between the age of six to ten years. After the incident, she was referred to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar in a critical condition where she succumbed to her injuries on Monday.
Reports stated that Bano was disgruntled over the lack of facilities being provided to her family under the return and rehabilitation policy of the state. Some of the families who have returned in last few months said that the return and rehabilitation policy for Kashmiri youth who have crossed over to LoC to seek arms training and are willing to shun the path of violence ‘seems to be death trap for their wives and the children.’
Nazir Ahmad Shah, resident of Khai Tangan Baramula said that he returned to valley after 18 years along with his wife and children via Nepal. He stated that lack of facilities has perturbed the families of returnees at large and that the wives of returnees have become mentally retarded also.
“Our passport was seized at Nepal border and also the Visa that was issued to us had the expiry of 15 days only. No one is helping us here and our wives are terming this place a prison for them,” Nazir said adding that 250 men along with their wives who belong to PaK returned to valley but neither the government nor their relatives are paying any heed to their problems.