How this SIKH software engineer went out of his way to ensure that 32 Kashmiri girls reached home safely

In the wake of communication restrictions and heightened tensions following the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, Harminder Singh Ahluwalia, a software engineer from Delhi, emerged as a beacon of hope for 32 stranded girls from the state. On August 5, Ahluwalia took to Facebook, offering shelter to Kashmiris feeling unsafe outside the state. This simple act of kindness resonated widely, reaching those in need of help, particularly the 32 girls stranded in Pune. Upon receiving a call from Rukaya, one of the girls, Ahluwalia learned of their predicament. They were eager to return home but faced challenges due to disrupted communication lines and financial constraints.

A Journey Home

The girls, aged between 17 and 22, were in Pune for a nursing training program under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana. Despite assurances of assistance from the state government and the Army upon reaching Srinagar, they lacked the funds to travel. Ahluwalia didn’t hesitate to step in, leveraging social media to appeal for donations. Within no time, a Sikh businessman came forward, sponsoring air tickets for the girls and four volunteers.

A Community Effort

On August 9, the group safely arrived in Srinagar, where they were met by Army personnel who facilitated their journey home. The emotional reunion with their families was made possible through the collective efforts of Ahluwalia, the Sikh businessman, and the wider community. Ahluwalia’s motivation stemmed from a desire to prevent the targeting of Kashmiris, especially after incidents of violence following the Pulwama terror attack. His compassionate actions not only ensured the safe return of the girls but also exemplified the spirit of solidarity and humanity in times of crisis.


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