Eleven-year-old Hina, known as ‘daughter of the prison’, was released today from Amritsar Jail in Punjab and with that she stepped out of prison for the first time in her life. Hina who is really happy with the newfound freedom was released along with her Pakistani-born mother Fatima and her aunt Mumtaz, reported Amar Ujala. Jail-born Hina’s mother conveyed her gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for personally supervising and speeding up the trial and also paid her respects to India. Hina was born in Amritsar Jail in 2006 after her mother – Fatima who was pregnant with the child, her aunt – Mumtaz, and her grandmother – Rashida Begum were caught smuggling heroin into India at the Attari Railway station in 2006.
Hina’s defense lawyer Navjyot Kaur Chabba said that the three women were booked under Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act and were sentenced to 10 years each in jail. However, Rashida Begum passed away in 2015. The lawyer further said that their sentences were extended for another year as they failed to provide a fine of Rupees 4 lakh to travel to Pakistan following which a NGO, Sarbat da Bhala Charitable Trust, helped them with the amount.
At the prison, Hina learnt to read Hindi, Punjabi and English and is a fan of Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan. Navjyot has also said that Hina knows who the Prime Minister of India is but has no clue about Pakistan’s PM and wants to become a police officer when she grows up.