Human Rights

October 8, 2005, Earthquake Anniversary

Quake killed Fatima’s 2 sons, disabled her for life
4 years after earthquake Uri land no more fit for cultivation

Srinagar, October 8, 2009: Fatima Jan of Gundi Gujrana, Karnah, still remembers the fateful day of October 8, 2005, when she fractured her spinal chord in the devastating earthquake that killed and injured thousands in the two parts of divided Jammu and Kashmir rendering lakhs homeless.

‘If they tell me my son is dead, I’d hug his grave’

Friday, October 30-When the mothers, whose sons disappeared during last 20 years of Kashmir conflict, gather for their monthly remembering assembly this time, they will also be mourning a mother, who died waiting for her son to come back. Mughli — the elderly mother whose relentless fight to know the whereabouts of her only son had become the epitome of the struggle of the parents of disappeared in Kashmir — left for her heavenly abode Sunday last, leaving behind memories of togetherness in struggle, desolation and a renewed hope for the mission ahead.

Indian troops firing injure a girl in Baramulla

Srinagar, October 31: A eight year old girl Ruqaya was injured in troops firing at Khanpora in Baramulla on Friday.

The injured was identified as Ruqaya, daughter of late Mohammad Ramzan Gojri of Khanpora. She was playing with other children in the area when Indian Army men travelling in a cavalcade opened several rounds of fire without any provocation.  The girl received two bullets in her left arm and was removed to hospital for treatment.

Keep sacrifices in mind: JAKAF tells Hurriyat

Srinagar, November 9: The Joint Association of Kashmiri Affected Families an amalgam of families of the slain youths, prisoners and missing, supported by Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement on Saturday staged a sit-in at Pratap Park in Srinagar to impress upon the Hurriyat Conference likely to participate in a dialogue with government of India to take into consideration the sacrifices made for the freedom of Kashmiri people.

HR group demands probe into 2700unmarked graves in Kashmir

Srinagar, December 2:  A human rights group in Kashmir has said that it had discovered some 2,700 unmarked graves of people believed to be killed by the Indian troops, police men and Para military in Kashmir and urged for a probe or investigation.

After 16 yrs Nazir's family continues to wait for disappeared youth

Srinagar, December 02: Even after a lapse of 16 years, the family of Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, a labourer of Warnow village, is expecting his return. He was arrested and later disappeared in custody by Indian troops. His disappearance forced Shaukat Ahmad, brother of Nazir, to quit education and financially support his family.

Mother of a detained youth dies in longing to see her son before death

Srinagar, December 9, 2009:  Zaina Begum, a mother of an innocent Kashmiri detainee who was arrested by Indian police on fake charges five years ago, lodged in India’s infamous Tihar Jail passed away on Tuesday without her last wish and desire being fulfilled. Zaina Begum was ailing since long was yearning to see her son before death.

Shopian trauma-memories of harsh realities

Bongam, Shopian, Dec 20: Johnny, Johnny, Yes, Papa, Eating sugar? No, Papa / Telling lies? No, Papa / Open your mouth, Ha! Ha! Ha!, a rhyme which little Suzain mutters even seven months after his Mama, Neelofar, went missing with no Ha in his life and only Papa Shakeel left to milk-feed him. This rhyme is one among a few which Neelofar fondly made Suzain memorize, and after her rape and murder by men in uniform, the two-and-half-year old kid screams in her search.

Manzoor lost battle with life

Srinagar, Jan 19: The family members of the 37year old labourer, by profession resident Manzoor Ahmed Bhat, of Drangabal Baramulla who succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, January 19 seven months after being hit by paramilitary forces bullet in Baramulla town were inconsolable. All of them remembered his words, “I don’t want to become a burden on my family.”When Manzoor’s aged father, Ghulam Nabi, shouldered his coffin he broke down and screamed, “You were no burden on us.”

Troops indiscriminate firing kills a boy, injured a dozen in Pattan

Srinagar, January 22, 2010, Friday: One young boy was killed and fifteen others were injured when Indian reserve police (IRP) personnel opened fire to disperse people who were protesting against the occupation of a land near the Shrine of a Sufi saint by Indian reserve police (IRP) in Pattan tehshil.

Hundreds of residents of Ikhwanpora- Yakmunpora and Parihaspora in the town took to streets after Friday prayers to register their protest against the encroachment and occupatoin of a road leading to the shrine of Mir Shams-ud-din Iraqi (RA) by the troops.