[caption id="attachment_30184" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Following Salman Khan's conviction in hit-and-run case, a poor family in Kashmir has lost its "only hope of survival". (Photo: Hilal Shah)[/caption]
With Mumbai sessions court sentencing Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to five years in Jail in a hit-and-run case, a poor family of south Kashmir's Anantnag district on Thursday expressed their grief over the court verdict, saying the punishment is harsh and have lost only hope of survival.
Zaina Begum, a 75-year-old widow from South Kashmir's Ashmuqam area, who met Salman khan when the actor was recently shooting for his upcoming flick 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', was inconsolable when asked to comment on court verdict.
"He (Salman) is a nice human being, he can't kill one. Allah has sent him to help others" said elderly widow who spent whole night at Zain-Ud-Wali shrine to pray for actor.
"Salman was the only hope for me. Court verdict has shaken me and my family. We pray to Almighty for his early release," said Zaina.
Narrating her meeting with the Bollywood megastar, Zaina said that she had been left in lurch by state government and was begging to keep her family alive before Salman khan visited their village for shooting. Someone told Zaina to approach him for help.
"Initially I was reluctant to meet him as I thought he is a 'Big man', and won't listen to me," Zaina recalled.
But as she approached him through a crew member with written application mentioning her whole ordeal, Salman immediately came out of his car and hugged the old lady.
"Salman didn't allow anyone to disturb our conversation and listened to my ordeal patiently," Zaina said adding that he immediately offered job to her 18-year-old grandson Gowhar Ahmad, and later promised that he would go with him to Mumbai for job.
"My grandson is currently working with film crew in Pahalgam and is supposed to fly to Mumbai along with crew."
Not only job, the Bollywood khan under his famous charitable group 'Being Human', has also promised the widow to construct house for her.
"Soon after I met Salman khan, construction material started pouring outside my house" Zaina said.
But after the verdict, Zaina's family which comprises her 42-year-old widow daughter and her three children have lost hope.
"Who will build our house now and help poor?" Zaina said while tears rolling down her cheeks.
"Salman is a Messiah and he don't deserve jail," Zaina added.
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