The family of Rukhsana, the girl who won praise and an award by killing a terrorist, shifted on Friday to police quarters in Rajouri, about 30 km south of her home.
“We fear for our lives in Kalsi village (Rukhsana’s home). Terrorists will definitely try to take revenge. For us, our ancestral home is lost for ever,” said Rukhsana’s mother, Rashida Begum.
Rukhsana’s stay in Kalsi village was not safe. This can be seen from the fact that her neighbours have turned down her family’s request to look after their cattle while they are away.
Also, the person who had agreed to buy the family’s land has reneged on his commitment after Rukhsana, 18, killed the terrorist on Sunday, an act that won her the governor’s award for bravery.
Rajouri is located 160 km north of Jammu. Rukhsana, along with her father, mother and brother, moved to police quarters from the Shahdra Shareif shrine (about 25 km north of Rajouri town), where they were staying with heavy police protection since Sunday itself.
Rukhsana’s uncle Waqalat Hussain and his family have also shifted with them. The terrorists had entered his home and assaulted him too, apart from the girl’s father.
Abu Usman, the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba terrorist Rukhsana killed, was active in the area for the past 10 years.