“Mumtaz broke the social stigmas and she’s making us proud.” – Qaiser Jahan
Dragflick Newsdesk : India stunned Germany in the Junior World Cup Hockey pool match after doughty Mumtaz Khan’s powerful drag-flick sent the ball crashing into the nets to send the girls in blue in frenzied celebrations while joys of her mother, Qaiser Jahan, who sells vegetables in Lucknow, knew no bounds.
Mumtaz Khan, 19, is now India’s new hockey sensation, taking her team to the top
league while her dribble and powerplay with her stick awing the opponents.
Lucknow, the city of Nawabs and also hockey-lovers, is showering love and
appreciation on Mumtaz’s family, which ekes out a livelihood as vegetable vendor.
With the hockey stick, Mumtaz Khan is not only shattering India’s powerful opponents,
but also the age-old patriarchal taboos. Her mother is jubilant that Mumtaz Khan, one
of her six daughters, has given a resounding slap to all those who taunted her in the
past for having only daughters.
“People often made remarks that I only have daughters. Mumtaz has made us proud,
and broke the social stigmas,” said Qaiser Jahan, while speaking at her vegetable shop in Lucknow.
My daughter is equal to 100 sons, said Qaiser Jahan.
While Qaiser Jahan managers to earn Rs 300 daily, she went beyond her means to
support Mumtaz Khan pursue her dreams to wear the blue jersey and represent India
The financial strain proved insufficient for Mumtaz Khan to fly with the girls in blue to
South Africa to play for the country.
Mumtaz Khan along with other under-19 Indian girls in blue is taking the team to
newer heights, with a quarter-final berth sealed. Besides beating the formidable
Germany by converting the penalty shoot, Mumtaz Khan had also taken India to an
unassailable lead with a 3-1 scoreline with a brilliant field goal in the 41st minute
against Wales in the FIH Women’s Junior World Cup at Potchefstroom in South Africa.
India finally won the match 5-1.
Her father Hafiz Khan, a vegetable vendor, has all been supportive of Mumtaz Khan’s
passion for hockey.
Mumtaz Khan’s journey as a hockey player began when she went to Agra to
participate in a race and was spotted by Neelam Siddiqui who trained her at KD Singh
Babu Stadium’s Sports Hostel.
“I feel very proud that my daughter is playing for the country. We are getting a lot of
respect because of her,” said Mumtaz’s mother.