Sringar: On his eighth death anniversary, Wamiq Farooq, a 7th standard student who was killed by government forces on January 30, 2010, was remembered by his relatives, friends and pro-freedom leaders on Wednesday.
A large number people including Wamiq’s relatives, friends, students, human rights activists and pro-freedom leaders assembled in the Martyrs Graveyard at Eidgah and offered Fateha-Khawani for the deceased.
Farooq Ahmad, Wamiq’s father told Kashmir Reader that the wounds of the death of his son were still fresh in his heart and mind.
“Every time I hear someone has been killed by government forces the face of my son appears in front of me,” he said adding that all those who were killed by government forces were like his son and he relives the moment when Wamiq returned home dead.
Farooq said that he suffered emotionally as well as financially while seeking justice for Wamiq’s murder.
“I sold my piece of land at Dargah in order to support my family. In these eight years I have spent around three years in the court in order to get justice,” he said.
“I did not lose nerves nor will I lose them despite the fact that I had and have to face challenges at every step in this battle,” Farooq said adding “I have a faith in Allah that my family would get justice sooner or later.”
Firdousa, Wamiq’s mother, told Kashmir Reader the family fought the legal battle because they did not want any other family to face what they had to.
“I personally did not want any other family to face what I as a mother had to when her child is murdered,” she said adding. “Had justice been delivered in our case we might have not seen day to day killings of innocent civilians.”
Firdousa said that she had lot of expectations from the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, as she had been speaking against human rights violation when out of power. “There is no difference between the previous government and present government,” she said adding every political party changes colour “like a chameleon” when out of power.
“We saw what happened in 2016 and how many children were killed by government forces. Today when previous government is out of power they speak about human rights while as the reality is they are the ones who started human right violations here.”
Firdousa said on the eight death anniversary of her son Shopian youth Rayees Ahmad Ganie’s killing made her remember every scene of the day when Wamiq’s body was being carried towards the graveyard.
“That day and today is similar to me. In 2010 a mother lost her son and today a mother saw the face of her son for the last time.”