MOHAMMAD AFZAL GURU’S MOTHER, AISHA BEGUM, his wife, Tabassum, and son, Ghalib, leaving Rashtrapati Bhavan in October 2006, after presenting a mercy petition to President APJ Abdul Kalam. Last month, President Pranab Mukherjee rejected the petition. Guru was hanged on 9 February.
Executive Editor of The Caravan Vinod K Jose met Guru in Tihar Jail in the winter of 2006. An excerpt:
“Tabassum witnessed both my physical and mental wounds. She gave me hope to live. We did not have a day of peaceful living. It is the story of many Kashmiri couples. Constant fear is the dominant feeling in all Kashmiri households.