Zohra is the daughter of the late Abdul Rashid, assistant sub-inspector, Jammu and Kashmir Police, who was martyred last month. Photographs of his young daughter sobbing at her father’s funeral broke hearts all over the country. Gambhir said he would support Zohra’s education so she can ‘live her dreams’
Cricketer Gautam Gambhir told a grief-stricken Kashmiri girl Zohra that he may not be able to bring her martyred father back but he can help her “live her dreams” by “supporting her education for a lifetime”.
Zohra is the daughter of the late Abdul Rashid, assistant sub-inspector (ASI), Jammu and Kashmir Police, who was killed in the line of duty late last month.+
Photographs of his young daughter sobbing at her father’s funeral broke hearts all over the country, prompting the deputy inspector general of police (DIG), South Kashmir, to write her a heartfelt letter+ on Facebook which said “your tears have shaken many hearts”.
Gambhir’s tweets today, in which he said he would support Zohra’s education, echoed the DIG’s sentiments.
“Zohra, please don’t let those tears fall as I doubt even Mother Earth can take the weight of your pain. Salutes to your martyred dad ASI, Abdul Rashid,” wrote Gambhir. He added that he least he could do make it worthwhile for her to wake up every day was support her dreams.
For many months now, Gambhir has been tweeting a lot about the sacrifices made by India’s armed forces and has also pledged monetary help to martyrs’ families.
In April, he said he will pay for the expenses of the children of 25 CRPF personnel who were killed by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma that month.
Gambhir has also taken on those who abuse India’s armed forces.
That tweet came after a video was circulated in April allegedly showing paramilitary jawans being kicked and abused by a section of people, allegedly in Kashmir.
“People responsible for such violence who attack the lawful symbol of the state and society are indeed insane and enemy of humanity. Your father like all of us represented Jammu Kashmir police force – a hallmark of valour and sacrifice,” said the DIG’s