Son in Tihar Jail, mother mulls suicide

Greater Kashmir

‘Framed’ vendor’s family faces starvation

Srinagar, Apr 11: Life took an ugly turn for aged Shahmala of north Kashmir’s Kupwara when her son, Fayaz Ahmad, a shawl vendor was arrested by Delhi Police and allegedly implicated in a false case last year.
 Though the Jammu and Kashmir Police has given a clean chit to Fayaz, lone breadwinner of his family, the youth of Marhama village continues to languish in the Tihar jail. On the verge of starvation, Shahmala has approached the National Human Rights Commission to seek her son’s release.
 In a letter to the NHRC, Shahmala has stated that her son used to go outside the Valley to sell Kashmiri handicrafts.
 Shahmala saw Fayaz for the last time when he went outside the Valley for selling shawls on January 11, 2007. “But on February 5, a police team from Police Station Trehgam informed me that my son was arrested by Delhi Police. They verified all particulars of my son and assured that nothing untoward will happen to him as he was innocent,” she states.
 After the JK police sent verification report of Fayaz to the Delhi Police, his family hoped that he will be released. “Instead, false charges were leveled against him. He is detained in Tihar jail,” she said.
 “I am an aged widow and have to feed a large family, including my three daughters, Fayaz’s wife and kids on donations. I am unable to go to Delhi to meet my son, because I can’t bear the expenses. My condition is very pathetic. There is no way left for my family but to commit suicide as Fayaz was only source of income for us,” she says in the letter.
 “I pray to your goodself to come to my rescue and get my son released to ensure survival of my family. I hope that you will come to my rescue to earn blessing of an old helpless and depressed widow who has nothing else to offer,” she adds.