Kashmir- a land of unearthly beauty and fearful lives has seen enormous battles and bravery sagas. But for a special and important segment of society and identity, it has seen a little progress. Here comes a story of Ridwana Sanam, a bold and beautiful girl from a small village Kullar, Pahalgam, Kashmir. She remembers that she had to leave her beautiful village due to increasing terrorism in that area. For girls, it was more traumatic as they couldn’t move out and couldn’t even stand at their doorstep. Ridwana’s childhood was not the happy one , as the conservative family never wanted a girl child and when she was born she was taken as a son of the family. She was never allowed to dress up like a girl, so much so she was not even breast-fed by her mother. Ridwana even after her traumatic childhood did not loose the hope and was determined to find the purpose of her being.
She always wanted to do something in health and fitness but didn’t want to be a doctor as per her parents’ wish. Having been not allowed to pursue the desired course (the girls are still abandoned from that course as they have to touch other males in this profession), she cleared the entrance test for MBBS but left the course and her parents dream to fulfill hers. She went to Mangalore for further studies in physiotherapy facing lot of family obstructions.
She, like a tigress, fought out everything odd and followed her passion. She left her home and came to Delhi. Her relatives didn’t keep her due to family disrespect and she was left alone without any shelter and this Kashmiri Muslim girl spent her time alone at Nizamuddin Dargah. After a while, she got help from one of her friends and shifted to Faridabad and did some odd jobs. She never looked back once she started. She faced discrimination heavily and being a beautiful girl from a minority religion, she was looked upon with evil eyes. She fought out with it bravely and always wanted to make society learn a good lesson. She is now the owner of a physiotherapy brand KRW and successfully running 10 centres. She contacted an NGO and picked up girls from there and helps them stand on their own feet. She trained them and now majority of her staff is girls.
She, at this short age of 31, enjoys being a spinster which again is a revolting decision being a Musilm, where girls are married at an early age. She lives for her team and she proudly says, “ I am mother to every other girl in my team. And I found nobody so far who can match my spirits and I am very far from Muslim-Hindu thing.” She says she will speak truth till she is alive without fearing of what the repercussions could be.
She wants to show the world that Kashmir has another side. She wants to show the girls of Kashmir that they have all right to live their freedom as a human being and she obviously wants to show the society that religion can’t stop anybody from living their dream.She has been awarded by the government for her achievements in her profession. She is a rising and shining star from the paradise of India, Kashmir.
Our celeb guest Rekha Bhardwaj, went emotional hearing Ridwana’s struggle and specially sang a song for her.