'I am not going to vote for any party'

'I am not going to vote for any party'

 Sitting in a small dingy room of his house made of mud and bricks, Danish Bashir, 19, says he is not going to vote for any political party.

Some months back, Danish was much enthusiastic about voting as his father was a staunch National Conference  worker.

However,  9 August 2013 changed Danish’s life forever when his father Bashir Ahmad Sheikh became the first victim of communal riots in this hilly town of Jammu region which took three lives. Sheikh was burnt alive by a mob leaving behind his wife, two grown up daughters and a son.

“12 rioters who were involved in gruesome murder of my father haven’t been arrested till date. Why should I vote for any political party when all the leaders made false promises to us,” Danish told Deccan Herald.

While this reporter was taking to Danish, his mother Waheeda Begum said that everybody has left them now. “When my husband was killed, every politician came to us and promised that my son would be given a government job on humanitarian grounds. But with time, sympathy also ended,” she said.

When Waheeda asked this reporter to take up the issue of her son’s job with Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad who had promised the family, Danish angrily shot at his mother. “I don’t need a job but I want the killers of my father to be punished. Yes, it is true we were given Rs five lakh as compensation by the government but is it price of a human life,” he asked.