Kashmiri Pandits gather support for starving family in South Kashmir

Written by Sabrangindia | Published on: January 21, 2019

Not only did the displaced Pandits from the Mattan transit camp led by Ranjan Jyotshi and Vinod Tickoo bring them rations, medicines and other essentials but also ensured financial assistance to the family by collecting funds through Facebook and other social media platforms.


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Battling hunger for few days due to utter poverty, the seven-member family of Mouzudin Bhat in the remote Charagpora village of Hapatnar in Anantnag district of South Kashmir had a meal on Thursday after a group of displaced Kashmiri Pandits braved heavy snowfall to bring them essential supplies.
 
Not only did the displaced Pandits from the Mattan transit camp led by Ranjan Jyotshi and Vinod Tickoo bring them rations, medicines and other essentials but also ensured financial assistance to the family by collecting funds through Facebook and other social media platforms, reports said.
 
"After six days all of us ate food. Our 4 children have not eaten food for several days. Thanks to these Kashmiri Pandit boys, who came to our help", Raja Begum, one of the family members told reporters.
 
Jyotshi, who works for the social welfare department, learnt of their plight during a visit to the far-flung area of Hapatnar.
 
He and Vinod Tickoo, an engineer collected rice, flour, oils, spices, sugar, tea, milk, pulses, medicines and blankets, quilts and clothes with the help of KP employees of Matan transit camp and rushed to Bhat's house in two vehicles Thursday.
 
“Service to mankind is service to God. I was pained on their very bad situation. My heart wept when they said that they are hungry for days. I along with my KP employees reached out to them with all essential material to ensure they do not starve,” Jyotshi said.
 
All Party Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC) Chairman Vinod Pandit, who was also there to support, said it is a message to the people of Kashmir that despite mistrust, KPs have a human heart to help their Muslim brethren, Business Standard reported.
 
Just four days after the video of the starving family went viral, over 10 lakh rupees were deposited in their account.
 
"The way people responded to our appeal for help to the family not only proved that the humanity in Kashmir is still alive but also proved how powerful is the social media," Khalid said in a report by Kashmir Times.
 
After the bank officials informed this group of youth about how the people have contributed to help the family, they again went to the village on Saturday to inform the family.
 
In a fresh video message, the aged couple thanked the people for helping them and appealed them to help other such poor families. "We now have everything including eatables, bedding and clothes. Now that people have come to our help we appeal to them to stop now and help other such families," Mouzudin and his visibly weak wife are heard saying in the fresh video, the report added.

With inputs from PTI.