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‘Don’t kill me, I have daughters’

Ghulam Nabi Mir, beaten by forces last week succumbed to injuries at SKIMS last night and is survived by four daughters and a mentally challenged son.

According to the family, after the birth of mentally retarded son- Adil- Mir pinned hopes on her daughters.

“He left no stone unturned to educate his daughters and sometimes his brothers and our family helped him in financing the studies of the daughters,” Muhammad Aslam, his brother-in law, said.

The daughters too did not let him down and two of them- Shazia and Asiya- completed post-graduation and two others- Umiya and Rabia- are pursuing graduation.

His son Adil is sitting calm, as if nothing has happened. “How can we make him understand that his father is no more,” says Aslam.

Eyewitnesses told Greater Kashmir that police and CRPF men thrashed Mir mercilessly near a local mosque when he was returning home after offering evening prayers on October 7.

“When he was coming back forces beat up him with gun butts and rods for 15 minutes at Astan Chowk. They caught hold of his arms and tossed him on ground again and again making sure that his internal parts were damaged,” they alleged.

“The women on hearing his screams rushed to the spot and picked him up. We took him to Pampore where doctors referred him to SMHS,” says Aslam, adding that he was later shifted for treatment to SKIMS.

During his treatment, besides shuttling between hospital and their home, his daughters and wife Gulshan went to several shrines and offered their ornaments for his recovery, but fate had something else to store for them.

Before going into comma, the family says Mir would repeatedly cry, “Mujhay Mat Maro Meri Betiyan Hain (Don’t kill me, I have daughters).”