Razia was the daughter of Choudhry Abdullah Khan, a landlord of Chak Jafar in Jammu’s R S Pora belt. Khan, her father, had remained a member of Praja Sabha, Maharaja’s assembly, and wielded considerable influence in the area.
Razia, whom 1947 devastated literally
A year before the communal rioting and massacres in 1947, Razia was married in 1946 to Choudhry Ghulam Ahmad of Darsopur, in Miran Sahib. While disastrous communal riots were spreading in Jammu and elsewhere, Razia’s husband like other villagers, shifted women folk for safety to a nearby glass factory run by his Hindu friend. During the fateful first week of November 1947, a strong mob of marauders armed with swords, bamboo sticks, iron rods and other implements raided the village and went into a spree of killing, looting, and rape. In the melee, most of the males were killed.
The women who had taken refuge in the glass factory got distributed amongst the marauders and killers like a bounty. Razia was told that her entire family has been wiped out. Razia had seen Muslim folk getting killed from a distance while she hid in a glass factory. She was too innocent and naive to take a decision and haplessly waited. She did not know that some of her family members including her husband had miraculously survived.
Ultimately she was taken as bounty by one Balwan Singh, a resident of Thub village in Jammu’s Gao-Manasa belt. He took Razia to Punjab where they lived at different locations including Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jallandhar, Ambala and other places. Balwan Singh used to visit his village in Jammu, not too often, and collect meagre money to supplement his income by doing small jobs in Punjab.