Parveena Ahanger

They took away her son, Javed Ahmad, when he was just 17. On August 18 1990, he got arrested during a raid in Batmaloo area of uptown Srinagar. Parveena says, “It was as if nobody knew what happened to him. Even today, nobody has got the answers.” Despite the illiterate Kashmiri mother’s efforts to trace him in the prisons across Rajasthan and Kashmir, every effort proved futile.

“He was nowhere to be found” she further added.
Parveena later approached the court of law and a trial in the case has been running for all these years, as she waits to know whether her son is dead or alive.

“During one of the hearings, an Army officer asked me how much money I wanted to close the case. I told him I don’t want money but my son”
‘Nothing but death will put an end to my search’

Parveena Ahanger, is the chairperson of Association Of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) & was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

According to APDP estimates, around 8,000 and 10,000 men have disappeared in Kashmir since armed insurrection began in the Valley in 1989. Official figures themselves concede a total of 3,000.

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