It was picture that made her the poster girl for stones pelters in Jammu and Kashmir, fast forward to one year and Afshan Ashiq has turned her life around with the aim of making the nation proud.
Today, Afshan is the captain of Jammu and Kashmir’s women football team and when the 22-year-old walked through the North Block to meet up with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh it was moment from where she doesn’t want to look back.
Afshan, whose life story is something that has the potentiality of turning into biopics on the reel, now wants to be an achiever and said the Home Minister wasted no time in redressing the grievances they had over lack of infrastructure in the state for sports-related activities to thrive.
The goalkeeper, whose hands were once filled with rock that were to be pelted at the armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir, is now standing in front of a 24-foot-long goalpost to defend her side from a ball kicked hard towards her.
Rajnath Singh even tweeted a picture of his meeting with the football team and wrote, “Met the young and energetic girls of JK’s first ever Women Football Team. They are highly motivated and driven when it comes to football.”
Afshan, while speaking with a news agency also talked about the Rs 100 crore sanctioned for the state under the Prime Minister’s special package that Rajnath Singh apprised her about.
It was 30-minute meeting with the Home Minister in which the message was clear — proper sports infrastructure and training facilities will help youth bring laurels to the state by honing their skills and wean them away from unlawful acts.