The death of husband and son back in 2009-10, left Zaiba devastated along with her paralysed daughter

The death of husband and son back in 2009-10, left Zaiba devastated along with her paralysed daughter

Anantnag: A 76 Years old widow Zaiba Begum living in Batengoo area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag lost her husband and only son to this dreadful Cancer disease back in 2010 within a period of three months. Duo deaths have shattered the life of Zaiba who lives with her paralyzed daughter Lateefa Jan aged 28 years in an abject poverty.
Zaiba’s husband Mohammad Shaban Bhat was diagnosed with Cancer in food pipeonApril 2009 andafter the months of struggle he died in March 2010. His only son Mushtaq Ahmad was alsodiagnosed with liver cancer in June 2010 barely three months after the death of his father.
Even after passing a decade, the death of her husband andson has left the Zaiba devastated and shattered. Recollecting her memories, Zaiba she says that her son Mushtaq left the studies at early age due to poverty and started to work at local ironsmith shop to help the family in overcoming financial constraints.
We were living a normal life until my daughter became paralyzed in 2002. She was even operated in Chandigarh hospital, but she remained paralyzed even after surgery. My husband and son worked very hard for the treatment of my daughter. But even providing her with best treatment, didn’t cure her disease and she became paralyzed for life.
Then the biggest tragedy fell to her when in 2009 her husband was diagnosed with cancer. He died in March 2010. Barley after three months his only son Mushtaq also died of liver cancer leaving poor Zaiba, a diabetic, with her paralyzed daughter to fend on their own.
Many NGO’s working in Jammu Kashmir but no one reached out to me with an intention to venture me out of this distress, everyone closed their doors for me and my paralysed daughter. I was working in families just to meet the two ends of life. I was getting paid about 250-300 for a day and I did my best to raise for his daughter.
At present her monthly income is Rs. 500 which a local Yateem (Orphanage) Trust provides her. Out of Rs. 500, she has to spend Rs. 300 on medicine in a month and she is living on Rs.200 for an entire month.
“The family is in a very desperate situation. We try our best to help as much as we can, but we ourselves are not so well off, so that we can support her completely. We request the higher authorities to helping them so that they can lead a better life,” said Neighbour Ali Mohammad Dar while talking to Kashmir Glacier.
“The distressed family could be helped by depositing any amount into the bank account 0219040100012094 registered by the name Lateefa at JK Bank, Branch Wanpoh. The IFSC code is JAKA0WANPOH.”


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