Nine years ago, Sabrina had to drop out of school after passing 9th class as her parents found a suitable boy for her to get married to.
She may have walked out of school to enter a life full of responsibilities as a wife, and a mother, yet Sabrina Khaliq of Kupwara, the northernmost district of Kashmir close to the Line of Control (LOC), never allowed her dreams to die. “I had the dream of joining the Police,” she told local media.
After becoming the mother of three children – two girls and a boy – Sabrina Khaliq achieved an impressive feat by topping the 10th class examination conducted by the J&K board of Secondary education by securing 93% marks.
From Tuesday when the results were declated, the family’s two-story house in Kupwara has become a hub of people coming to congratulate Sabrina.
It was last year that Sabrina decided to resume her studies. She did self-study while taking care of her three children. She chose to appear as a private candidate in the examination. Sabrina said, “I had to take care of my family. I devoted myself to family, my children. However, after 10 years of all this, last year I decided to pick up the books and resume my studies.”
Her family also supported her decision. However, it was not easy for her to cope with their studies while carrying out all the responsibilities of the lady of a rural household, taking care of the children and the family alongside her studies.
Sabrina says, "It was very difficult but both my families – parents and in-laws - supported me." Besides her children and husband, her family comprises four siblings of her husband Khaliq, and parents.
Sabrina Khaliq used to study many hours a day preparing for the examination.” Sometimes, I used to study at night after the children had gone to sleep. My sister, my brother-in-law, and my husband helped me in my studies. Their support and my hard work paid off when the results were announced on Tuesday.”
Speaking to local journalists, Sabrina said, “I was very happy when the results came. It was a great feeling. I want to be in J&K Police so that I can support women who face abuse.”
She wants to continue her studies and advises other married women not to stop chasing their dreams. "Don't stop chasing your dreams, work hard to make them come true," she said. Sabrina scored 93.4 percent - 467 out of 500 and secured an A1 grade in four out of five subjects - Mathematics, Urdu, Science, and Social Science.
Her mother-in-law told journalists that the two families are extremely happy about Sabrina’s success. “It’s the responsibility of all mothers to support their daughters if they wish to study and achieve their dreams.”
Sabrina's MIL said she would love to see her daughter-in-law join the Police force.