That stone pelting Viral Kashmiri Girl is now a footballer

Meet Jammu And Kashmir's Women's Football Team Led By A Stone-Thrower-Turned Goalie

Meet Jammu And Kashmir's Women's Football Team Led By A Stone-Thrower-Turned Goalie

That picture got her "noticed" as the "Kashmiri footballer forced to vent her ire by pelting stones". She told Times of India that she asked the home minister's intervention to start a Sports Authority of India (SAI) Institute in Kashmir to encourage and teach young girls to play football.

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. Later, the meetings with J&K chief minister's Mehbooba Mufti followed, who made a decision to do her efforts to promote both Afshan and women's football in J&K.

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. The J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti said that she was already supporting them in a big way and had also directed the sports secretary to take care of the requirements of the women's football team. And the home minister called up J&K CM in front of them and told her to meet them when they go back to Srinagar. The state administration has ever since provided them all of their sports equipment, helping them put together a team within a year. "While I have joined a Mumbai football club to pursue my dream to be a national-level player, it is my honour to also captain the J&K women's football team", added Afshan.

Manager of the JK women football team Tsering Angmo said sports infrastructure in border areas is very poor and needs urgent attention so that youths could be weaned away from terrorism and unlawful acts like stone pelting. However she thinks that now she has a reputation and image which is to be maintained. "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.