International Day of the Disappeared

International Day of the Disappeared

Javid Ali

SRINAGAR: A local hotel here reverberated with anti-India and pro-freedom slogans after the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) screened a documentary film on enforced disappearances in Kashmir.
The documentary “Khoon Diy Baarav”, made by a Kashmiri filmmaker, Iffat Fatima, showcases a series of narratives of family members of Kashmiris subjected to enforced disappearances over the past 25 years of conflict.
During the screening of the 90-minute documentary, the audience clapped and shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans and also appreciated the film-maker for her “bold representation” of the ordeals faced by the families of the victims.
“It’s a non-sequential account of personal narratives and reminiscences ruptured by violence, undermined by erasure and over-ridden by official documents that challenge the truth,” an APDP spokesman, later on, said.
The spokesman said that the film follows the trail of thousands of young Kashmiris who have “disappeared” since 1990.
“It also details about the intense personal loss and agony their families are going through,”he added.
The film was screened to mark the International Day of the Disappeared, observed on August 30 every year.
Earlier in the day, the APDP members held the monthly sit-in protest at Pratap Park, Lal Chowk urging the International Human rights organizations to probe the cases of enforced disappearances in Kashmir.
The sit-in protest was led by the APDP chairperson, Parveena Ahanger, who vowed to continue her struggle to locate the victims of enforced disappearances.
Reiterating the demand for the whereabouts of disappeared persons, Ahangar  said that the accused involved in enforced disappearance of our wards should be brought to justice.
She further said that even if their loved ones are dead they should be shown the graves to mourn upon.

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