Face of Kashmir’s pellet injured, Insha Mushtaq appears for Class 10 Board Exams

Photos of her brutalised face sparked international debate, triggering questions about reckless use of pellet guns

Insha Mushtaq, the teenager whose photo remains etched in people’s memories, as the face of the tragedies that befell Kashmiris in 2016, has completed her matriculation examination.

A pellet victim, the 15-year-old girl was peeping out of the window of her house in Shopian’s Sedow village, last year in July, when pellets fired by Indian armed forces blinded her.

The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had visited her in the hospital, and a top resistance leader, Shabir Shah had claimed to have adopted her. But away from the spotlight, Insha is pursuing her studies, and her efforts showed on Tuesday, as she completed her Class 10 board exams under the state board.

The only subject she is yet to appear is music. The State Board of School Education had granted her permission to have an assistant for writing the papers. The teenager is confidant that she will make it to the next class.

She became the face of the plight of 2,500-odd victims of the pellet gun, and photos of her brutalised face sparked an international debate, triggering questions about the reckless use of the weapon, used by armed forces to control Kashmiri crowds during protests.



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