By Fazil Qayoom
Srinagar: ‘Children in Conflict-torn Kashmir’, a documentary film, was screened on Thursday at Hurriyat Conference (M) headquarters in Rajbagh.
On the occasion Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq announced to screen the film in Geneva. He also said that the copies of the film would be sent to embassies of all the countries in India. Screening of the documentary was stopped on Wednesday by the administration when it was scheduled to be held in a local hotel here.
The documentary has been made by Manan Bukhari of the human rights wing of the conglomerate. The documentary highlights the plight of children who have been affected by years of violence in Kashmir. It also shows the plight of families who have lost their children in various violent incidents.
Talking to reporters on the occasion, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that Kashmir conflict has left a deep psychological impact on the children, who have been witness to gory incidents that take place here on daily basis. Mirwaiz said there are more than 700 FIRs registered against juveniles across J&K. “But the actual number is much higher as government-revealed data is not up to mark. Also, there are more than 2,14,000 orphans in the state, half of them being the victims of the conflict.”
The Hurriyat (M) chairman lamented the “failure” of the United Nations and world community in playing their role vis-a-vis Kashmir issue. “This silence by world bodies is but a tragedy. We again appeal them to fulfill their responsibility. We also urge the human rights bodies and conscious people of India to take cognizance of the grave situation in Kashmir.”
Mirwaiz said the conglomerate will screen the documentary in Geneva next week to highlight the sad plight of children of conflict-torn Kashmir.
“We’ll also send copies of the documentary to various human rights organizations and foreign missions,” Mirwaiz said. The film is being uploaded on social media also, he said.