Kashmir pellet victim Insha Mushtaq qualifies 10th class exam

Insha Mushtaq, the teenage girl completely blinded by pellets fired by government forces during the 2016 uprising in Kashmir, has qualified her class 10 examination.

The results of the examination were declared today.

Insha was blinded bilaterally after a barrage of pellets hit her, while she was watching protests from a window of her home at Sedow village.

Reacting on the result, her father Mushtaq Ahmad Lone told Greater Kashmir that their “happiness knew no bounds”.

“This (result) is beyond our expectations. The results will inspire Insha to study more,” he said.

According to her result, Insha will have to appear in Mathematics paper again. She has been declared qualified with a note that “she needs to improve’.

The image of Insha whose pellet ridden face had gone viral on social networking sites, overcame her disability and took her tenth class examination.

The examination helper was a student of a class lower than Insha’s and selected by authorities to write her papers on the basis of dictations by Insha.

Insha was grievously injured on the evening of 12th July 2016 at her residence in Sedow, Shopian, when a patrol party of government forces fired pellets at the window of her house where she was standing. The injuries resulted in total blindness in both her eyes, apart from a long ordeal of recovery from brain hemorrhages and skull fractures.

In February last year, Insha returned to her home after months of treatment at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital Mumbai and many other hospitals for brain infection and surgeries that attempted to bring back some vision in her left eye.

Her right eye was completely eviscerated due to the injury.

A tutor had come to her house every day, read aloud to her from the books and Insha recorded what he narrated. Later, she would play the recording, try to comprehend and remember it. (With inputs from Showkat Dar/Zehru Nissa)

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