Everyone gets a second chance in life. A chance to improve our existing conditions, a chance to better things for us and the people around us. It is up to us what we choose to do with the second chance.
A second chance was also offered to Afsan Ashiq – the Kashmiri woman who became Media’s darling overnight when she was clicked pelting stones at the J&K Policemen.
She became a sensation immediately once her photos hurling stones went viral on the traditional media and the internet. Today, the same woman who resort to violence is today inspiring J&K women to take up sports and make the state proud.
Afsan Ashiq is the proud Captain of Jammu and Kashmir’s Women Football Team. She had also met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who guided her and helped her post the stone pelting incident, to change her life for good.
Later, Afsan along with her co-players and coaches met India’s Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and requested his support for setting up a Sports Authority of India Institute in Kashmir to encourage women to pursue sports as a career-choice.
Afsan was pleased by Rajnath Singh’s approach towards the J&K delegate and also called up Mehbooba Mufti and requested her to take up the matter with priority once the women and coaches reached Srinagar.
Afsan credited Mehbooba Mufti for her success as her keen interest and encouragement really turned the tide for aspiring women footballers of Srinagar. When questioned about the infamous stone-pelting incident, Afsan stood her ground and defended her controversial actions by stating that the abusive language used by the Cops compelled her to protest violently without thinking of the consequences.
Afsan Ashiq’s story can indeed prove to be an inspiration for Srinagar women who finds themselves entrapped in the sorry state-of-affairs in J&K.
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