SRINAGAR: She has won five national gold medals in martial arts and is all set to represent India in Bangladesh during December. Muntaha Jan is a Srinagar native who has brought laurels to her family and the country. Not only this, she also runs an initiative that strives for women empowerment named ‘khatoon’ (means ‘lady’ in Urdu).
The team of The New Indian reached out to Jan to learn more about her exceptional feats in the field of sports. When asked who motivated her to pick up this field, she replied that once she saw young girls practicing taekwondo and yoga which fascinated and inspired her.
“I told my Dad that I wanted to join sports, they said ‘No’ as they were very conservative, but when I began bringing laurels to the family, they became happy and now they are my backbone.”
Speaking of her impact and inspiration on the locals as an independent Kashmiri lady in what society looks at as an unconventional sport, she said that Kashmiri girls did not require any inspiration and are an inspiration in themselves.
Adding to that Jan said that Kashmiri girls are interested in sports and want to join other fields which are in their domain.