For weeks after she was hit with pellets that pierced her eyes fired by security personnel, Insha had wondered if she would ever see again. Her father initially told her she would, to keep her hopes alive. Then one day, he broke the news to her.
The teenager was devastated. She was just 14 and all that she had done, her family says, was to peer through the window at her home in Sadow village of Shopian district in south Kashmir. That is when a volley of pellets hit her in the face.
Insha had remained in hospitals in Srinagar and Delhi for months and was operated upon more than once.
For much of that time, the protests that had started after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani had continued on the streets of Kashmir.
By the end of it, it was estimated that more than 6,000 people had received injuries during the unrest including over a 1,000 who had eye injuries.
Encouraged by a volunteer who offered to tuition her once she was back home, she resumed her studies and took the exams conducted in November last.
Her father Mushtaq Ahmad Lone said she cleared all the papers barring Maths and has been promoted to the next class.
"She is extremely happy and so are we. She could not concentrate on studies but has still qualified the exam," he said.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, also joined hundreds of others to congratulate the girl on social media. "A special shout out to young Insha who was blinded by pellets during the 2016 protests & has cleared her 10th exams today. May Allah keep rewarding your hard work & efforts," he tweeted.
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