Tabassum Guru is a Kashmiri woman and widow of Indian Parliament attack convict Mohammed Afzal Guru He was sentenced to three life imprisonments and a double death sentence.
Tabassum Guru was born in 1979.age 43 years; by 2022) in Azadganj village of Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir.
Hair Color: salt and pepper
Eye Colour: dark brown
Tabassum Guru belongs to a Muslim family.
parents and siblings
His father’s name is Ghulam Mohammad Bhuro. She has one older sister.
husband and children
On 1 November 1998, Tabassum married her cousin, Mohammad Afzal Guru, at the age of eighteen. Tabassum and Afzal were blessed with a son, Ghalib Guru.
Tabassum follows Guru Islam.
Tabassum Guru works as a nurse in a private nursing home ‘Sopore Nursing Home’ in Sopore town located in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir.
An unpleasant experience in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
In an interview, Tabassum shared an incident that happened a few months after her marriage with Afzal. Tabassum shared a fact that Afzal used to hold her hand whenever she went out for shopping. He said that one day when they were returning home from shopping, men in uniform at a nearby army camp threw stones at them as they proceeded. This incident had an irreversible effect on Afzal. Tabassum said,
We were walking back home, passing an army camp where soldiers in uniform were playing evening games. When we proceeded, they pelted stones at me, calling me by name. Afzal didn’t say a word and neither did I expect it from him. When we reached home, he swallowed two painkillers. I asked him why and he said: ‘Look at me, he threw stones at you and I couldn’t say or do anything. What have I gone mad about? How long should I keep quiet?”
Afzal Guru – Double Death Sentence
Reportedly, on 4 August 2005, Afzal Guru was given three life imprisonment and double death sentence by the Supreme Court of India for his involvement in the Indian Parliament attack (2001). The decision of the Supreme Court of India read,
As with most conspiracies, there is and cannot be any evidence of criminal conspiracy. The incident, which resulted in heavy casualties, had shook the entire nation, and the collective conscience of the society would be satisfied only when the culprit was given capital punishment. ,
mercy petition for husband
Reportedly, on 3 October 2006, Tabassum Guru filed a mercy petition with the former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, According to reports, on 3 February 2013, the then President Pranab Mukherjee rejected Afzal’s mercy petition.
Afzali’s last letter
Some media claimed that an hour before the execution, Afzal Guru wrote a letter to his family and mentioned the believers of Allah (God) in the letter. Reportedly, the superintendent of the Central Jail also wrote to him (Tabsum) to inform that it was Afzal’s original letter. The Superintendent of Central Jail wrote,
This is in continuation of our letter 6-2-XIII. I am enclosing herewith you the original letter written by Late Shri Afzal Guru. Kindly acknowledge receipt.”
The media also claimed that, according to Afzal’s family, the letter was sent through speed post in New Delhi on 11 February 2013 and was delivered to Jagir village in Sopore at 11 am on 12 February 2013.
Reportedly, in his last words, Afzal thanked God for choosing him to sacrifice his soul and asked his family to feel proud of the same. He, in the last letter (written in Urdu), mentioned all the believers of God (none by name) and left the message of being right and staying true always. The letter states,
[My] Respected family members and confidants [of Allah], May the blessings of Allah be upon you all. A million thanks to Allah that he chose me for this stature. Also my greetings to all the believers [of Allah] That we all be on the side of truth and right. May we all be on this path [of righteousness] And die for truth and authority. I request my family members to respect the stature I have attained [by my execution] Instead of nurturing a sense of loss and remorse over my death. May Allah be your savior and protector of all.”
Afzal Guru hanging
On 9 February 2013, at 8 am, Afzal Guru was hanged in Tihar Jail, Delhi, India. Reportedly, he was buried near Maqbool Bhat’s grave in Tihar Jail, India. Reportedly, Afzal’s family had also written a letter to claim the body. read the letter,
We are writing to you to kindly allow the family members to give proper respectful last rites to Afzal Guru as per religious traditions… If so, we would appreciate it. ,
During an interview, Tabassum shared a small incident in which he asked his son the question whether he would have stood to see his father during the execution if the authorities had allowed it. Ghalib’s response to this was ‘no’. The incident made Tabassum think that the decision of not handing over her husband’s body to the family was an act of disgrace by the Government of India. Tabassum said,
In a way, Ghalib’s reaction made me think that the Indian government has embarrassed itself by only doing a secret hanging and not allowing us to see or cremate him. And, by going there, we can only allow them to show the world that they are a great democracy. So we didn’t. Yemen gas roy-e-siyahi gasin (they should be ashamed).”
In an interview, Tabassum recalled his presence after the arrest of Afzal on 15 December 2001 from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. According to him, he looked like Aamir Khan From the movie Mangal Pandey (2005). According to Tabassum, in 2005, Afzal once wrote a letter to his father asking him to find another man to marry him. Recalling that letter, Tabassum said,
I was very angry. Who was he to say this to me? I never asked for a divorce.”
According to Tabassum, Afzal had written several letters to him during his imprisonment.
During an interview, given from the memory of her husband, Tabassum recited a couplet that Afzal used to recite to her,
They told [he used to say],
We will be destroyed
Till you have the news.
[I would have turned into soil,
By the time the news reaches you],
Familiar with Afzal’s involvement in the attack
In an interview, Tabassum did not deny the fact of Afzal’s involvement in the attack, which he suspected, but did not try to confront and stop him. Tabassum said,
I will not lie. I was suspicious, but I never checked, asked or stopped him.”
She also expressed her anger over the decision to hang her husband and said,
I agree, he was not completely innocent, but did he really deserve the death penalty? What about the people who actually shot those people? Are they running free?”
Life of Tabassum in Sopore
During an interview, Tabassum revealed that after the death of Afzal, his house is being monitored round the clock by the security forces. He also mentioned that security forces often visited his house for investigation. Tabassum gave a glimpse of how they would come to check on his house and said,
They walk around on my carpet with their dirty shoes. Nowadays, I laugh and tell them, ‘Please come in, this is your own house.
Facts / Trivia
- Afzal used to call Tabassum by the name ‘Pyaari’.
- During an interview, Tabassum shared a memory of the days when she used to visit Afzal in Tihar Jail and she once told him that he had made himself so strong that he did not see him cry. Afzal used to say, Bi Wucha Zhan Tchenyen Aachen Manz Osh (I wish I could see the tears in your eyes). Tche tchai kanyu venij banimich (Your heart is turned to stone in its own strength).”