A buried claim

The calls for forensic tests by impartial International rights bodies to determine the fate of the missing may have brought hopes to many families of the disappeared persons after a government investigation acknowledged existence of unmarked graves and the possibility of the disappeared interred in them.

But Mughli’s death in 2009 brought a tragic closure to her search.  There’s no one to search for her son or for a forensic match should that process begin.
Mughli’s son, Nazir Ahmad Teli was a schoolteacher who was among the first to go missing after being picked up by security forces during a raid on August, 18, 1990. She never saw her son and died without a closure.

Mughli became one of the members of APDP comprising several thousands of women whose young sons or husbands have disappeared, the majority of them after being picked up by armed forces.

The SHRC investigation recommends a prompt DNA profiling of the interred bodies to be matched with the DNA samples of the next of kin of the disappeared persons. This has brought a glimmer of hope for closure tothe these families.

But Mugli is no more. With her death, one story of pain had suddenly come to an end. But it has opened a wound too. Mughli’s mournful wails had become the metaphor for the grief of the mothers of the missing and her resolve to continue her search had given the APDP strength to keep hope.

Now there is no one to search for Mughli’s son. And if Omar Abdullah’s government takes action on the report, Mughli’s son may in all likelihood remain buried unidentified.


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