Eid al Fitr is an important festival in the muslim world. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world have a joyous three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking). While on the eve of Eid we are busy in extravagant shopping it is our first moral duty to help destitute. Kashmir’s destitute war widows and orphans are unfortunately being ignored.
All surveys and studies conducted in pain hit valley of Kashmir have gone on to conclude that due to deadly conflict of Kashmir the number of destitute has gone up. According to a study conducted few years back there are 32,400 widows and 97000 to 1 lakh orphans in the valley. Undoubtedly, numbers of such destitute are very high in Kashmir.
Civil Society of Kashmir and our collective leadership along with the Governments from time to time have failed to meet the expectation of these destitute as a result they have been pushed to wall. NGOs in name of rendering a helping hand to these Destitute have more often than not filled their personal coffers rather than helping these destitute people. Orphans, widows and destitute need to be helped through well structured rehabilitation mechanism and we need to lay a firm foundation of that very structure.
As we mark the festivity of Eid with zeal and zest let us all make a pledge with our conscience that we would do whatever possible to help destitute people and not forget them. Indeed this joyous day cannot pass by without remembering the poor and destitute and rendering a helping hand to them.
We should also as humans remember the homeless and the destitute around the world.