Parveena Ahangar, founder & leader of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Kashmir, speaking of her son who was forcibly disappeared & how APDP was founded:

“Javaid was abducted by the army in 1990. I have been searching for him ever since. I have gone to every jail, every military camp, every police & every torture centre in Kashmir & I have gone to many jails in India. But I haven’t found him so far. I have travelled bare feet, sometimes without having a proper meal for days together.

“In the early 90s, as I was going around Kashmir searching for my son, I met mothers, fathers, wives who had met the same fate. I started bringing them together & in 1994 we formed the APDP in my kitchen. That’s how our movement began. Since then, we have been protesting at various places, demanding our loved be returned. I have only ever asked one thing of the government: you took our sons & husbands, just tell us where you have kept them.”

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