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8000 Kashmiris disappeared since 1989

Relatives of disappeared Kashmiris every year gather on human rights day at a central park in Srinagar to find out the truth behind those disappeared since separatist rebellion began in 1989. The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons was formed to provide information of missing Kashmiris to their parents across Kashmir.

The Association believes that of those missing many might have been picked by army, police and various security agencies. The authorities reject this claim and claim that not more than 1000 Kashmiris have disappeared and the majority of them fled to the other side of the border for training.

The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons is also fighting for the cause of “half widows”. Half widows are the wives of missing persons who cannot think of remarrying as they do not have sufficient evidence to prove their widowhood and under Islamic jurisprudence these women are supposed to wait for years to marry again. The numbers of these half widows runs in thousands and they are mostly from poor families.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2011 on page no. 21

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