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Anger brews as photo of slain civilian Rubeena’s infant at her funeral goes viral

In the photo, which angry netizens shared, the infant can be seen holding a feeder, while another boy holding the infant is seen breaking down and crying.

Following a gunfight between armed forces and militants at Shopian on Tuesday, a young woman was shot dead during post encounter clashes with armed forces.

A woman whom the locals identified as Rubeena Jan, daughter of Abdul Rashid was hit by a bullet in her abdomen. She was shifted to the hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.

“She was taken to a hospital but doctors declared her dead on arrival. Eight more protesters who had suffered various firearm injuries at the site of clashes were taken to different hospitals for treatment,” sources in the medical administration said.

The image of her infant has gone viral on social media.

In the photo, which angry netizens shared, the infant can be seen holding a feeder, while another boy holding the infant is seen breaking down and crying.

Following the incident many netizens shared the picture on social media, voicing their anger.

“Let me say that there are no battles as such. It is one sided ASSAULT using weapons, machinery, and mortar guns,” a netizen wrote on Facebook.

“No condemnation or outrage for 11 months old Zaira? Her mother was killed by the Indian Army in Shopian yesterday,” asked another.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday had called for a valley-wide shutdown against the killing.

Chairman Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said the ‘occupation and repression’ in Kashmir was at its worst as infants are losing young mothers to ‘Operation All Out.’


Different quarters condemned the killing, but only three days back, on Sunday, another civilian, a young taxi driver was shot dead in Kupwara, in what the army termed as ‘crossfire’.

The victim after being hit by multiple bullets was shifted to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Photos of his sister crying at his funeral generated a similar response.

“Whatever the excuse, it is easy to see how routine it is to corner, and kill a Kashmiri… RIP another Kashmiri. We are losing count,” wrote Ather Zia, a US based Kashmiri academician.

Reports show that with 55 civilians and 211 militants killed, 2017 was the deadliest year since 2010.


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