During the monthly sit in of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), the members were wailing the death of another member, Hussina Begum who was their companion from last more than 13 years now.
Hussina passed away on October 5. She was mother of Syed Anwar Shah, who was picked up and subject to enforced disappearance by the government forces on July 21, 2000 in Srinagar. She was the second member of APDP after Mogli who died while waiting for her disappeared son.
Hussina was a resident of Dolipora Handwara but the family has shifted to Srinagar long back in search of employment. Presently living in a rented accommodation in Fateh Kadal, she was living along with the wife and daughter of her disappeared son and another handicapped son.
Her daughter in law, Naseema, around 30 years old, silently watching the ongoing suddenly fainted once the banner showing Hussina was displayed.
While talking to Kashmir Life, Naseema said, “I am worried about mine and my daughter’s future. Till now we had our mother with us but after her death who will look after us, who will give us shoulder to cry?”
Anwar, a painter and an auto driver, went missing when his daughter was just 18 months old.
She further added that she is still waiting for her husband to return and that is why she is not willing to get married.
After Anwar went missing, his mother lodged a missing report in police station and besides that a case was also filed in the court but nothing has happened so far.
The APDP also expressed solidarity with the families of the five youth who were killed allegedly by CRPF in Shopian.
On the occasion the chairperson of the association, once again appealed to the state government to bring out the whereabouts of their missing sons. “We don’t want any compensation neither want the jobs, just tell us where our dear ones’ are.”