Stuck in Delhi amidst lockdown, two Kashmiri blind girls seek help

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Srinagar: Amidst COVID-19 lockdown, two blind girls from north Kashmir are stuck in New Delhi and pinning hopes on Jammu and Kashmir Government for evacuation. Due to blindness, both of the girls are finding it really very hard to survive in an environment incompatible for them.

Khalida Yousuf and Zahida Lone, both in their twenties, are stuck at two different places in New Delhi. Khailda hails from Door village, Sopore, while Zahida is the resident of Anwar Abad village, Kupwara.

“I study at NIETTVD Dehradun, a school for blind children. I was supposed to take a flight on 24 March but due to suspension of air and surface traffic, I got stuck and thankfully, a friend of mine at Pratab Bagh Sangam Park in New Delhi provided me shelter,” said Khalida over a phone call. “I’m completely dependent on them. My family members are helpless to take me back to home.”

She said from the past four weeks, she is in New Delhi and desperately wants to go home. “I am blind and you can understand my problem,” she said and asked to make a vehement appeal to Kashmir administration to take her back home.

Zahida also narrated her ordeal and is keen to reach home but is stuck at National Association for the Blind Hostel in RK Puram, New Delhi. “We are two Kashmiri students stuck here and want to go home. There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. I am disappointed,” she said. “So many students got help from Kashmir government but it didn’t care for those who are downtrodden and physically disable.” (KNT)

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