Dolly Kumari was the last Kashmiri Pandit in Shopian district’s Chaudharygund village. Last evening, even she also left the valley and migrated to Jammu . In the face of government neglect of resident Kashmiri pandit demands, her departure comes after all other seven Pandit families living in the village quietly migrated to Jammu following the recent targeted killings in the valley. “There is atmosphere of fear. What else I could have done,” said Ms Dolly told NDTV.
The Kashmiri Pandit women, Ms Dolly also said she was trying to be brave when she decided to stay back for a few more days even after all other Kashmiri pandits had left the village She also said she will come back once the situation improves.
“I will come back if situation improves. It’s my home. Who wants to leave her home. Everyone loves home. I feel very sad that I had to leave my home” Ms Dolly added. Ms Dolly who usually grow around 1,000 apple boxes said she has entrusted her neighbour to take care of the harvest and dispatch apple boxes to Mandis outside Kashmir.
They have left behind thousands of apple boxes in the village entrusting their Muslim neighbours to dispatch them to mandis. Chowderygund and Chotipora villages had 11 pandit families. All of them have now migrated to Jammu.
Ghulam Hassan, a villager who helped Dolly fence her compound, said her brother in Jammu asked her to move out of the village. He also said that Puran Krishan was the best human he knew in the village.
“It’s clarified that due onset of winter and after harvesting period is over, many famines migrate to Jammu. There is no instances of migration due to fear in the district,” it added.
Due to fear of attacks, about 6,000 Kashmiri Pandit employees, who had returned to the Valley as part of centre’s special employment scheme, have not been going to their offices for the last six months to mark their protest against the targeted attacks.
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