Communication blockade even hits funeral attendance hard in IOK » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, September 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a majority of people in the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu region are not timely informed about the death of their loved ones as unprecedented military siege and communication blockade enter 42nd day, today.

Women married out of the native towns of their parents are the worst hit. 45-year-old Nusrat Jabeen of south Kashmir’s Shopian district had no clue about her father’s death in Srinagar. It was only after one of her relatives dropped at her home, around 60 kilometer south of Srinagar that she came to know about the death of her father, Abdul Rahman.

Rahman, 75, died in a road accident near his house at Nowgam locality in the outskirts of Srinagar on August 24. He was hit by a truck and left on road unattended for half-an-hour until he bled to death. He was declared brought dead at Soura hospital in Srinagar.

Jabeen said she was planning to see her father in the first week of September. “I could not even see him dead and this will haunt me for the entire life,” she laments.

Jabeen is one of many such cases from Kashmir where people did not get to know about the death of their loved ones or could not reach to attend their funerals due to curfew and restrictions. Since August 5, the attendance in the funerals has thinned, as only members of the immediate family and neighbours are able to attend the mourning.

Peerzada Mahboobul Haq, an academician in the United States, could manage to call home after two weeks of lockdown. Little did Haq know that his grandfather had died. “After two weeks I somehow managed to call my parents. Little did I know that I would end up hearing that my grandfather has left for his heavenly abode,” Haq wrote on a social networking site.

Shamima Hafeez, 68, mother of a senior bureaucrat of Old City, Srinagar, died of heart attack in the last week of August. Shamima’s son delayed her funeral to wait for the attendance of her relatives. After several hours of wait, only a few people turned up to attend her last rites.

Meanwhile, normal life remains crippled for 42nd consecutive day, today, as shops, markets and business establishments continue to remain closed while public transport is off the roads across the Kashmir valley. Communication services like mobile, internet and TV channels are snapped in the entire Kashmir valley and in some parts of Jammu region. The humanitarian crisis in the Kashmir valley is deepening further as the residents are facing severe shortage of basic necessities like food stuff, milk and life-saving medicines.

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