Victims allege neglect by separatist camp


Srinagar, Oct 23: The Hurriyat headquarters at Rajbagh witnessed emotional scenes when victims of violence from across Kashmir accused separatist leaders of ignoring them.
The meet between separatists and victims was organized by Kashmir Salvation Movement and Association of Kashmiri Affected Families.
A woman in her mid 50s angrily said, “No leader ever visited us. I have not seen any of them. No one takes care of our family.
My poor condition forced me to admit my lone son in an orphanage. I have to bear his separation because I cannot afford to feed him. Eid is a few days away; who will give my children new clothes?”
Joining her was Abdul Razaq Khan from Magam, father of Mustafa Khan- a Hizbul-Mujahideen Commander. He stressed on the separatist leaders to visit the families of victims so that the latter could feel ‘that heirs of their martyrs are alive.’ “When my son was killed in encounter, forces continued to harass me. I had my two young daughters at home aged 11 and 15. My relatives advised me to marry them off; I had nothing to offer them at that time. Believe me my daughter wore a bathroom slipper at the time of her marriage. I have no regrets over the killing of my son, but leaders should also remember us,” he said.
The victims demanded unity between different factions of separatists. “It is a pious mission, I appeal Geelani Sahab and Umar Sahab to unite for the cause,” appealed Dr Rafiq Ahmed, a victim.
Another victim from Sanatnagar area of Srinagar accused a Hurriyat leader of expelling her from his house. “When my child was killed, everyone visited my house. After some time when I visited the house of a leader and asked him for two hundred rupees to feed my children, I was forcibly expelled from the house. A Sikh youth who was walking on the road outside the house gave me money,” she said.
Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) and convener of the meet, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, admitted mistakes by the leaders. “I agree with you that Hurriyat has not been able to share your grief as it should have been. I assure you that Hurriyat is committed to the cause. Seeing your resolve for the movement gives us strength to achieve our goal.”
Mirwaiz said that efforts were on for establishment of Bait-ul-maal all over Kashmir to support the victims. “We are also concerned about the plight of victims. They should not feel alone, we are with them.”
“We had even applied for registration of an NGO 10 years back, but Government agencies did not allow its establishment. There are some practical issues involved in reaching out to the people and helping them financially. Government has also put curbs on our movement,” he said.
Citing the example of one Lassa Kak of Kokernag, whose three sons were allegedly killed by army and another is missing in custody, Mirwaiz said, “I salute his resolve towards the cause. I know there are thousands like him.”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST

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