SRINAGAR, Sept 6: In a bid to help people amid communication clampdown, a lady in Rajbagh area of Srinagar is offering people to make phone calls to their loved ones free of cost.
Yasmeena has helped thousands of people so far who were not able to get in touch with their family members since August 5. She said that it was her duty to come to the rescue of distressed people.
“Soon after the landlines began to ring in our area, a thought came to my mind why not to offer the services to people who are in panic and have not talked to their family members who are living outside,” she told Excelsior.
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She on her own went to several areas including Srinagar’s old city and informed people through posters that she was offering free telephone calls in Rajbagh and that they can come and talk to their loved ones anytime they want.
“I did that with a sole motive being of some help to people who have been left to fend for themselves, and people have also hailed this small step of mine,” she said.
She also recalls a case where a boy from Soura had to call some of his family members residing outside, trying to inform them the health of his father had deteriorated and that he must return home.
As Kashmir is known for its hospitality in rest of the world, Yasmeen said that during such situations, Kashmiris have come out to help each other. “During the floods which wrecked havoc in Valley, in Srinagar Rajbagh, people from villages and other parts of the city came to help the residents and today if we can help those who helped us, we must come to the front,” she said.
Another lady who is assisting Yasmeen in helping people said so far thousands of people have made calls to their beloved and each day hundreds of people from different parts of the Valley including that of South Kashmir and all the areas of downtown come to Rajbagh aiming at making a phone call.
Yasmeen appealed people that those whose landline connections are up and ringing, they should try to help those who don’t have any access to such a communication. “The times around are trying, and people should help each other and try to bring some relief who suffering,” she said.