Tungdano ( Kulgam), Dec 9: As world is observing international human rights day on Monday, Rubina, 22, whose husband was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on November 20, 2007 in this small hamlet in south Kashmir can't believe that her husband is no more.
Rubina had tied nuptial knot with Manzoor Ahmed Wani just six months before and was living happily with him and both were eagerly waiting for their first child. "On that fateful day I was with my husband till late in the afternoon in our orchard," Rubina told Greater Kashmir on Sunday.
She said her husband told her to go home and prepare dinner. "He assured me that he will be back within an hour. That was the last time I saw him," Rubina said and broke down.
"Had I stayed with him for one more hour I could have begged the abductors to spare him," she said.
"They abducted him in the evening and shot him dead in the orchards on next day," Rubina said and fainted.
Rubina's cousin Nayeema said, "Manzoor's child in her womb is the only ray of hope in her shattered life."
Nayeema said that Rubina after her husband's death keeps on saying, "Had I not been pregnant, I would have preferred death rather than living without him."
Nayeema said that getting married wasn't easy for both of them, as both the families were against their marriage.
"They had to fight against all the odds to get married. Their resolve and determination left their families with no other choice other than to agree," she said.
With her eyes moist Nayeema said, "But destiny had something else in store for them."
The elder brother of the deceased Nazir Ahmed Wani said that Rubina doesn't want to return to her parents and wants to stay with them. "We will give her our brother's share so that she can sustain and bring up her child."
Nazir said that after his brother was killed none of the officials visited their house nor did anyone talk about providing Manzoor' widow, a job under SRO-43 or any compensation. "Nobody came here to express solidarity with us except the local MLA," he said, adding, "We had taken up the matter of compensation and providing job to my sister-in-law with him."
Nazir said that MLA didn't promise anything. "We've heard that police has registered a case and investigations are on," he said.
According to Nazir, his brother closed his bakery shop two years ago. "He closed his shop two years ago and joined our family business. He had taken up farming as his full time occupation," he said.
"I want to know why my son was killed and who his killers are. I can't look at the face of my daughter- in- law. Her desire to live has ended. I want to ask those who killed my son what was his fault," said Zareefa, 70, Manzoor's mother. (With Malik Abdus Salam)
* Reyaz Ahmed Sofi was killed by soldiers on November 17 and Manzoor Ahmed was killed by unidentified gunmen on Nov 20.
* Both the killed men were bakers
* Tungando is 30 kilometres from Pareteng
*Names of their wives are identical
* Names of their mothers too are same
*Reyaz Ahmed Sofi has three children
* Manzoor's wife is 5 months pregnant.