Rubeena leaves behind 10-month old baby Her parents recount horror of night long gun battle

Family members of slain woman Rubeena who was lovingly called as Beauty Jan at home recounted the tale of horror after remaining trapped in the house for hours which lied barley few yards from the encounter site at Bhatmaran village of Shopian district.
Abdul Rashid Bhat, 70, father of slain woman, said they were trapped inside their house and couldn’t move out to a safer place. “We attempted to move to a safer place but we were not allowed by security forces to leave the house,” Bhat said, adding that force personnel asked them to close windows and doors of their single storey house and didn’t allow them to move to safer place. “They didn’t even allow us give fodder to our cattle,” he said.
He said that all their family members, eight in number, including Beauty Jan took shelter in a single room. “We had to remain awake the whole night without taking food,” mother of slain woman said, adding that their daughters were so frightened with sounds of shells that “I had to calm them repeatedly that the gunfight will be over soon and they will be safe.”
Bhat recalled that intense clashes were going on between youth and security forces, few steps from their house and as forces fired few shots one hit the ground and other his daughter after piercing through the window.
Family members said that around 11 am Beauty Jan was asked by her uncle to fetch a glass of water.
“When she stood up, a bullet pierced through the window and hit her abdomen and she fell down on the floor of the room,” the family members said.
Eyewitnesses said that Rubeena was immediately rushed to district hospital Pulwama where doctors declared her brought dead. She had a firearm injury in her abdomen and died on way, a senior doctor of district hospital Pulwama said.
The woman who was married in a neighboring village had come to her parent’s house ten days ago. She was married three years ago and is survived by a 10 month old baby, Azra Jan.