Tabassum Guru (Afzal Guru’s Wife) Wiki, Age, Children, Family, Biography & More

Tabassum Guru

Tabassum Guru is a Kashmiri woman and a widow of the Indian Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru who was awarded three life sentences and a double death sentence. [1]Newslaundry


Tabassum Guru was born in 1979 [2]Newslaundry (age 43 years; as of 2022) in Azad Gunj village of Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir. [3]Irfan Mehraj

Physical Appearance

Hair Colour: Salt and Pepper

Eye Colour: Dark Brown

Tabassum Guru 


Tabassum Guru belongs to a Muslim family. [4]Irafn Mehraj

Parents & Siblings

Her father’s name is Ghulam Mohammad Bhurro. [5]Irfan Mehraj She has an elder sister. [6]Irfan Mehraj

Husband & Children

On 1 November 1998, Tabassum got married to her cousin [7]Newslaundry Mohammad Afzal Guru at the age of eighteen years. [8]Irfan Mehraj Tabassum and Afzal were blessed with a son Ghalib Guru. [9]Irfan Mehraj

A picture of Afzal Guru and Tabassum Guru from the occasion of the marriage of one of their relatives

A picture of Afzal Guru and Tabassum Guru from the occasion of the marriage of one of their relatives

Tabassum Guru and Afzal Guru

Tabassum Guru and Afzal Guru

Tabassum Guru with her son, Ghalib Guru

Tabassum Guru with her son, Ghalib Guru


Tabassum Guru follows Islam. [10]Irfan Mehraj



Tabassum Guru works as a nurse [11]Hindustan Times

at a private nursing home, Sopore Nursing Home, in Sopore town situated in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. [12]Irfan Mehraj

An Unpleasant Experience in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

In an interview, Tabassum shared an incident that took place after a few months of her marriage with Afzal. Tabassum shared a fact that Afzal used to hold her hands whenever they went out shopping. [13]Irfan Mehraj She said that one day, when they were returning home from shopping, men in uniforms at the Army camp nearby threw stones at them when they walked ahead. [14]Newslaundry This incident had an irreversible effect on Afzal. [15]Newslaundry Tabassum said,

We were walking back home, crossing an Army camp where the men in uniform were playing their evening games. When we walked past, they pelted stones at me, calling me names. Afzal did not say a word and neither did I expect him to. When we got home, he swallowed two painkillers. I asked him why and he said: ‘Look at me, he threw stones at you and I couldn’t say or do anything. What a coward I have become? How long should I keep quiet.” [16]Newslaundry

Afzal Guru – Double Death Sentence

Reportedly, on 4 August 2005, for his involvement in the Indian Parliament Attack (2001), Afzal Guru was awarded three life sentences and a double death sentence by the Supreme Court of India. [17]Newslaundry The judgement of the Supreme Court of India read,

As is the case with most conspiracies, there is and could be no evidence amounting to criminal conspiracy. The incident, which resulted in heavy casualties, had shaken the entire nation, and the collective conscience of society will only be satisfied if capital punishment is awarded to the offender.” [18]Newslaundry

Mercy Petition for Husband

According to sources, after two days of the Parliament attack, i.e., on 15 December 2001, the special cell of the Delhi police arrested Afzal from the bus stop in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. According to the media, on 4 June 2002, Afzal Guru and others were charged with various acts such as section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), section 3(2) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), and section 302 (Murder) of the Explosive Substance Act.

Tabassum Guru with her son, Ghalib Guru, waiting inside the Central jail to meet her husband

Tabassum Guru with her son, Ghalib Guru, waiting inside the Central jail to meet her husband

Reportedly, on 3 October 2006, Tabassum Guru filed a mercy petition before President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. [19]The Hindu

From left - Tabassum Guru, Ghalib Guru, Ayesha Begum, and lawyer Nandita Haksar outside Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi in 2006

From left – Tabassum Guru, Ghalib Guru, Ayesha Begum, and lawyer Nandita Haksar (quitted as the family lawyer of Afzal Guru) outside Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi in 2006

According to reports, on 3 February 2013, then-President Pranab Mukherjee rejected Afzal’s mercy petition. [20]The Hindu

The letter from the Central jail informing the rejection of the mercy petition and confirming the date of hanging of Afzal Guru

The letter from the Central jail informing the rejection of the mercy petition and confirming the date of the hanging of Afzal Guru

The Last Letter from Afzal

Some media claimed that before one hour of hanging, Afzal Guru wrote a letter to his family and mentioned the believers of Allah (God) in the letter. Reportedly, the Superintendent of Central Jail also wrote to inform her (Tabassum) that it was Afzal’s original letter. The Superintendent of Central Jail wrote,

This is in continuation of our letter of 6-2-XIII. I am enclosing herewith the original letter written by late Sh Afzal Guru to you. Kindly acknowledge receipt.” [21]The Hindu

Media also claimed that, according to Afzal’s family, the letter was despatched on 11 February 2013 through speed post in New Delhi and was delivered at Jageer village in Sopore at 11 AM on 12 February 2013. [22]The Hindu

Reportedly, in his last words, Afzal thanked God for choosing him to sacrifice his soul and asked his family to feel proud of him for the same. He also mentioned, in the last letter (written in Urdu), all the believers of God (none by name) and left a message to be right and always be truthful. The letter said,

[My] Respected family members and the Believers [of Allah]. May Allah’s blessings be upon you all. A hundred thousand gratitudes to Allah that He chose me for this stature. Also my greetings to all Believers [of Allah] that we all remained on the side of the truth and the right. May we all be on this path [of righteousness] and die for the truth and the right. This is my request to the members of my family that they should all respect the stature I have attained [by my execution] rather than nourishing a sense of loss and repentance on my death. May Allah be the saviour and the protector for all of you.” [23]The Hindu

The Hanging of Afzal Guru

On 9 February 2013, at 8 AM sharp, Afzal Guru was hanged to death in Tihar jail, Delhi, India. [24]The Hindu Reportedly, he was buried near the grave of Maqbool Bhat in Tihar jail, India. Reportedly, Afzal’s family also wrote a letter to claim the body. [25]NDTV The letter read,

We are writing to you to please permit the family members to give Afzal Guru proper dignified last rites in accordance with the religious traditions…If you could inform us when the family members can perform the ‘Namaaz-e-Janaza’, we would appreciate it.” [26]NDTV

During an interview, Tabassum shared a small incident in which she asked her son question whether he would have stood seeing his father during his execution if the officials had allowed it. Ghalib’s response to this was a ‘no.’ This incident made Tabassum think that the decision not to hand over his husband’s body to the family was an act of disgrace by the Indian government. [27]Irfan Mehraj Tabassum said,

In a way, Ghalib’s response made me think that Indian government has only shamed itself by conducting a secret execution and not allowing us to see him or perform last his rites. And, by going there, we could only allow them to show the world that they are a great democracy. So we didn’t. Yiman gas roy-e-siyahi gasinn (They must be shamed).” [28]Irfan Mehraj

Remembrance of Husband

In an interview, Tabassum recalled the appearance of Afzal after his arrest from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir on 15 December 2001. According to her, he resembled Aamir Khan from the film Mangal Pandey (2005). [29]Newslaundry According to Tabassum, in 2005, Afzal once wrote a letter to her father, asking him to find her another man to get married to. Recalling that letter, Tabassum said,

I was so angry. Who was he to say that to me? I hadn’t ever asked for a divorce.” [30]Newslaundry

According to Tabassum, Afzal had written her numerous letters during his imprisonment. [31]Newslaundry

In an interview, Tabassum recalled the poetic side of her husband, Afzal Guru, and recited a couplet that he used to recite to her,

Woh kehte the [he used to say]:

Khaak ho jayenge hum,
Tumko khabar ho ne tak.
[I would have turned into soil,
By the time the news reaches you].” [32]Newslaundry

Afzal’s Involvement in the Attack – Did Tabassum Know?

In an interview, Tabassum didn’t disprove the fact of Afzal’s involvement in the attack, which she had suspected but didn’t try to confront and stop him. [33]Newslaundry Tabassum said,

I won’t lie. I suspected, but I never checked, asked or stopped him.” [34]Newslaundry

She also expressed her anger at the decision of her husband’s execution and said,

I agree, he was not fully innocent, but did he really deserve the death sentence? What about those who actually shot those people? They walk away free?” [35]Newslaundry

Tabassum’s Life in Sopore

In an interview, Tabassum revealed that following Afzal’s execution, she remained almost under house arrest as the security forces kept an eye on her 24×7. She also mentioned that security forces would often visit her house for checking. She said,

They walk around with their dirty boots all over my carpet. Nowadays, I laugh and tell them ‘Please come in, this is your own house.” [36]Newslaundry


  • In an interview, Tabassum shared a memory from the days when she used to visit Afzal in Tihar jail, and when Afzal told her that she had made herself so strong that he had not seen her crying. [38]Irfan Mehraj Afzal used to say,

    Bi wuch’ha zanh tchenyen aetchan manz oash (I wish I could see tears in your eyes). Tche tchai kan’yu waenij baneymich (Your heart has turned to stone in its strength).” [39]Irfan Mehraj

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