Touched by the story of a martyred Kashmiri CRPF officer ASI Abdul Rashid, Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir recently announced that he will fund lifetime educational expenses of the deceased cop’s daughter Zohra.

On the doomed day of August 28, Abdul Rashid – sub-assistant inspector of Jammu-Kashmir police department, was on his duty at Anantnag in south Kashmir when he was gunned down by militants, unreasonably. During the wreath-laying ceremony of martyred cop at Srinagar police station, Abdul Rashid’s 5-year-old daughter – Zohra broke down uncontrollably. The heart-breaking reaction from the child was captured by press person and the photos went viral on social media, catching attention of thousands. People condemned such a brutal act, praised the bravery of the martyred cop and consolidated the child who was dressed in school uniform.

 

This picture reached to Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who was immediately touched by the heart-wrenching story and soon he announced that he will be funding entire educational expenses of Zohra for lifetime. This way, he would be able to help the young child’s in realising her dreams and support her for a better and independent life. His manager Dinesh Chopra said the Gautam Gambhir Foundation (GGF) would support all her academic endeavours, including higher education. With this, Gambhir hopes to help Zohra in building her future and also pray to God that no child has to face this kind of a tragedy. Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police SP Vaid welcomed the announcement of the cricketer and said the tragedy had moved people to finally come out to help.

36-year-old, left handed Delhi batsman had earlier made a promise to support the children of 24 CRPF men gunned down by naxals in Chhattisgarh in April. Also, his charity trust – Gautam Gambhir Foundation has been actively working in charity works – including the latest launch of a free community kitchen in West Delhi. Helping Zohra by any amount of money cannot bring her father back, but this will at least help her in building a better future for a better life.

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