A software engineer from Delhi named Harminder Singh Ahluwalia helped and ensured that 32 girls from Jammu and Kashmir who were isolated in Pune were able to get back home safely.
After the removal of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, there have been restrictions imposed on communication and the movement of people in the state, which has been a source of concern for the state’s residents living outside. Harminder Singh acted as a saviour in this situation.
On August 5, Harminder Singh Ahluwalia went live on Facebook to tell all Kashmiris outside the state who were feeling unsafe that they could either contact him or take shelter in the nearest gurdwaras. The post went viral and 32 girls from Kashmir, who were trying to get back home, got in touch with him.
. “I got a call from a woman named Rukaya, She told me that there were 32 Kashmiri girls, all from underprivileged families, just waiting to get back home, because of the recent government moves in Kashmir.”He tele-communicated indianexpress.com .
The girls, aged 17 and 22 years , were in Pune for a nursing training and placement programme as a part of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana. Harminder said ‘the girls told him that they just wanted to go back home as they couldn’t get in touch with the families due to all communication lines being disrupted’.
The coordinator of the contingent contacted the state government and was assured assistance from the Army once they reached Srinagar. But they didn’t have the funds to get there. He then sought donations to fund the girls’ journey back home with another Facebook live August 8.
“A Sikh businessman was quick to contact me and sponsored the air tickets for the girls and four volunteers,” Ahluwalia said.
On August 9, the group reached Srinagar, and with the army assistance, all of them were escorted home and reunited with their families.
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Ahluwalia said he had decided to help because after the Pulwama terror attack, there were instances of Kashmiris outside the state being targeted and he didn’t want the same thing to happen to the girls.