Enforced Disappearances: Ten parents die without having a glimpse of their loved ones

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Western disturbances and incessant rainfall Monday  did not deter longing parents to come and protest once again at Pratap Park Srinagar in a programme organised by Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP).

Come10th of every month, the ailing and aged come with a wish to see their beloved siblings again.  What the association revealed shocked the rest and scared them to have same fate.  In the gathering from last couple of years 10 parents breathed their last without having a glimpse of their loved ones who were subjected to enforced disappearance in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

The recent being Hussina Begam, who passed away with the hope that she could have a glimpse of his son, Anwar Shah, was picked up in Srinagar by government forces in July 21, 2000 and never returned back.

 “At the time of his disappearance he was working as a painter. Hussina Begum, along with the half widow and daughter of his disappeared son, had told before Hussina  passed away. Hussina struggled for thirteen years to know the whereabouts of his son.

“Mehtaba Begum of Karihama, Kupwara met the similar fate. She passed away during her struggle to know the whereabouts of her son, Mohammad Yaqub Khan, who was labor by profession and was picked up by the 76 and 56 Battalion of Border Security Forces in a crackdown at his native village on 14th October 1990 and was subsequently subjected to enforced disappearance,” the Association said.

APDP said that Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, father of Shabir Hussain Bhat, a resident of Chattabal, Srinagar, passed away on  January 7 this year. “Shabir was picked up by 21 Battalion Border Security Forces from Bemina, Srinagar. Another parent, Abdul Ahad Sofi of Daribal, Naid Kadal, Srinagar have passed away in the year 2012. His son, Bashir Ahmad Sofi, was picked up by the 61 Battalion of Border Security Forces on 17th June 2003 from his home, in front of his family.”

“Misra Begum of Boatman colony, Bemina also passed away during her struggle to know the whereabouts of her son, Shabir Hussain Gassi, who was picked up by 6 Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian Army from his home on 21st January 2000. Similarly, Hameeda Parveen, mother of Abid Hussain Dar, died in the year 2012. Abid was a student at the time of his arrest and subsequent disappearance by the army personal of 15 JAKLI.

Zoona Begum, mother of Imtiyaz Ahmad Wani of Rajbagh passed away in the 2011. Her son got disappeared on 15th of May 1996 after he was picked up by BSF and STF from his home. Imtiyaz was a government employee, working as Forester in J&K Forest Department.”

Muhammad Jamal Bhat of Kupwara passed away in the year 2012. His son Ghulam Hassan Bhat was disappeared on 25th January 1992. Wali Mohammad of Hanjiwara, Baramulla also died in his struggle to know the whereabouts of his disappeared son.”

APDP said that Haleema Begum of Batamaloo, has recently joined the list of the parents who died waiting for the justice. She passed away on 26 February 2013 without realizing the wish to see her beloved son. The struggle she had started, to know the whereabouts of her son, along with her husband has met a tragic end. Her husband, Muhammmad Amin Shah, have already met the similar fate in their struggle. Her son, Basharat Ahamad Shah, who was a student of Aligarh Muslim University, was picked up by CRPF in Sopore on 12th October 1990 and subjected to enforced disappearance.”

“The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) commiserates the death of all the parents who have passes away in their struggle to know the whereabouts of their loved ones and pledges to take their struggle to its logical end.

The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons strongly demands that the impunity being provided to the Indian Security Forces, under the draconian law AFSPA, be immediately revoked, besides making them accountable for all the gross human rights violations they commit. The impunity, on one hand, gives free hand to the Indian Security Forces to kill, Disappear, Torture and rape the innocent people, and, on the other hand, the lack of accountability is used to suppress the people and to deny justice to them, besides giving arduous lives and agonizing death to the parents of the of victims of enforced disappearances.” (CNS)

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