Driven by Struggle and a Failed marriage: Kashmiri Housewife becomes Mrs. India

Thirty-six-year-old Nusrat Parveen decided to beat all odds and turn her pain into motivation. She has become the first Muslim woman from India and first from Kashmir to bag the prestigious title of Mrs. India International- 2018, held in Malaysia. Nusrat hails from Yaripora Khanpora village of Kulgam district in South Kashmir.

A mother of two children, Nusrat comes from a middle-class family and from a broken marriage. She has a message for all women to be free and independent and she aspires to do something for the Kashmiri society. She is on the mission to fight patriarchy and violence against women by campaigning for women rights and issues.

After making to the top ten finalists at the pageant, Nusrat said, “I told them (judges), I am a housewife, mother of two children, who are confined to four walls of her house, looking after her children and household chores. Today I am at a stage for the first time”. She said that perhaps her simple approach towards life impressed the judges.

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