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With the world celebrating mother’s day on May 11, Kashmir and its mothers have reason to mourn as seven mothers have died from the past 5 years- waiting for their sons who left home and never returned.  

According to the details available with Kashmir News Service, while protesting for the whereabouts of their beloved ones, ten parents including seven women have breathed last in past five years. The process started with the death of Moguli, a lone mother who died in the year 2009.

Haseena Begum died on October 5, 2013 whose son Syed Anwar Shah disappeared on July 21, 2000 when he was arrested in Srinagar. Anwar was a wall painter by profession.  APDP led by Parveena Ahanger stated that Hasserna along with her Son’s half widow was fighting for the whereabouts of her lone son for 13 years continuously. Mahtaba Begum hailing from Kashmir’s far-off village Karhama died while looking for her son who was arrested during a crackdown by forces in the winter of 1990. Her son Mohammad Yaqub Khan was a laborer by profession.

Misra begum of Bemina’s boatman colony died in the desolation of her only son Shabir Hussain Gasi who was allegedly arrested by 6RR on January 21, 2000. Hameeda Parveen died in the year 2012 after searching from pillar to post with the hope that her son would one day return to home. Details informed that her son namely Abid Hussian was a student.

Zona Begum hailing from Raj Bagh whose son disappeared on May 1996 when he was detained after forces raided his house. Her son Imtiyaz Ahmad was a forester. Zona died in the year 2011while waiting for her son to return home. Haleema Begum hailing from City’s Batmaloo died February this year. She struggled for the last 23 years in search of her son namely Basharat Ahmad Shah was studying at Ali Garg Muslim University. Basharat was arrested on January 7, 1990 allegedly by CRPF from North Kashmir’s Sopore. 


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