September 2017 News

Gautam Gambhir To Help Slain Kashmiri Cop's Daughter Zohra Live Life's Dreams

5 September 2017
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: Cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday said that he will support for life the educational expenses of Zohra, the five-year-old daughter of a policeman killed by militants in August. 'Zohra,I can't put u 2 sleep wid a lullaby but I'll help u 2 wake up 2 live ur dreams. Will support ur education 4 lifetime *daughterofIndia,' the cricketer tweeted. In his next tweet, Gautam Gambhir said, 'Zohra,plz don't let those tears fall as i doubt even Mother Earth can take d weight of ur pain. Salutes to ur martyred dad ASI,Abdul Rashid.' Zohra has been prompt in acknowledging Gambhir's heart-warming gesture. 'Thank you, Gautam Sir, me and my family are very happy with your gesture, I want to become a doctor,' wrote Zohra. On August 28,Abdul Rashid, an assistant sub-inspector of Jammu-Kashmir police, was gunned down by militants in the south Kashmir town of Anantnag. At the wreath-laying ceremony held for Abdul Rashid at the district police lines in Srinagar that evening, his daughter broke down uncontrollably. Press photographers captured that heart-wrenching moment - Zohra, dressed in her school uniform, crying inconsolably. By Tuesday morning, her photos went viral on social media. Gautam Gambhir remains an active cricketer. Pushing 36, the left-handed Delhi batsman last played - a Test match against England at Rajkot - for India in November 2016. He captained Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2017 Indian Premier League. The Gautam Gambhir Foundation is actively involved in charity work. The cricketer recently launched a free community kitchen in West Delhi. Gambhir is spontaneous in reacting to social issues. The recent deaths of children in Gorakhpur had hurt the cricketer tremendously.