Kashmiri teen blinded by pellets clears Class 10 board exams

During the 2016 unrest in Kashmir, Insha Mushtaq was blinded when she was fired upon with pellets by the security forces.

The blinding of the 17-year-old became a rallying point against the use of pellet guns by security forces. Today she is bursting with pride as despite that setback, she cleared her Class 10 board exams.

She took her exams privately with the help of her friend Nina who wrote the papers for her. She also got an extra half an hour. Three tutors came to her home every day and read textbooks to her. She would repeat them the next day. She is also learning Braille.

Former Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah congratulated her on Twitter as did many others.

Insha was just 15 when she was blinded, three days after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani. There were protests in her village of Sedow. She had opened the window of her home to see what was happening outside when hundreds of pellets hit her face, blinding her and fracturing her face and skull.

She was treated at AIIMS and Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai, in efforts to restore her sight.

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