Ailing father waits for his missing son in Kupwara


Srinagar, April 16,2009: In Kupwara, a 73--years old, Ghulam Qadir Teli, father of a disappeared finds himself caught between devil and the deep sea when it comes to trace the whereabouts of his missing elder son, Firdous Ahmad.

"My son had nothing to do with an unlawful activities. His disappearance is unbearable for me. It is very difficult for me to manage the household affairs. His disappearance has virtually brought us to the level of begging," said Ghulam Qadir Teli.Firdous Ahmad Teli of Maidan Chogul in Handwara was disappeared on November 25, 2006, just a year after his marriage.The ailing father added that for three days he continuously looked for Firdous, but when nothing turned fruitful he filed a missing report in the police station Chogul on November 28, 2006.Despite lodging a missing report in the police station and Human Rights Commission, Ghulam Qadir Teli is not happy with the procedures. According to him, police does not show much interest in the case, as he is unable to grease their palms. "Witnesses have been presented, but police is not filing a correct report and are instead avoiding us. I know they want money, but I can not afford that as I am very poor.""My son due to severe abdominal pain went to see a doctor at Sopore, but never returned. Later we came to know that he had not reached to clinic either. Some way in between he had disappeared.  Since then I have been looking for him but of no avail.""Firdous was the sole bread-earner for the family. I am not in a position to earn for my family as my health is deteriorating. For the last two years I have been following this case and people like me are tossed from post to pillar. There should be some sort of relief for us so that we too can live a decent life," says Teli.Teli is not an isolated case. He is just one among thousands in occupied Kashmir whose lives have been disrupted by the disappearance of a near one. Caught between the hope that their loved ones will be found and the despair when their search fails again and again, such relatives cannot mourn and overcome the loss