The remarkable story of Jammu and Kashmir footballer Afshan Ashiq

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Among the girls was their captain, Afshan Ashiq, who once led other girls in throwing stones at the police on Srinagar streets.

When asked if she regrets the stone-pelting incident, Afshan said that it was a never-to-be-repeated reaction triggered by her "anger" at the abusive language used by a J&K police as well as the alleged "slapping" of a team member she was accompanying to the football ground at the time.

The photograph helped Afshan get noticed while she was being forced to vent out by pelting stones. The 23-year-old is now the captain and the goalkeeper of the Jammu and Kashmir women's team and is competing in the Indian Women's League.

Mehbooba Mufti who then made a decision to help Afshan and Women's football in J&K.Afshan is now the captain and also the goalkeeper of the J&K women's football team which is now getting exposure at the national level and also competing in the Indian Women's League. Afshan expressed satisfaction over the meeting and says she is looking forward for the best.

Members of Jammu and Kashmir's first women's football team Tuesday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him of the difficulties being faced by sportspersons in the state and sought his help. She also plays for a club in Mumbai.

"I was impressed by how patiently a Union minister heard the issues raised by us".

She gives credit to the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister for her success, saying the leader supported the women's football team in a big way. Afshan has now taken up the leadership role in the football team of Jammu and Kashmir - a development that has reportedly made a famous Bollywood filmmaker contemplate a movie on her. "I want to be an achiever and do something to make the state and the nation proud", said Afshan, who is now studying BA in Srinagar.

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