Kin of Aripanthan victims say compensation doesn’t heal wounds

4 Civilians Were Shot Dead In The Village On August 16 Last Year

GK CORRESPONDENT
Aripanthan (Budgam), Publish Date: Aug 15 2017 11:31PM | Updated Date: Aug 15 2017 11:31PM
Kin of Aripanthan victims say compensation doesn’t heal woundsFile Photo

A day after the Independence Day in 2016, four men were killed by government forces in Aripanthan village of Budgam district.

The killings occurred when an uprising triggered by the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani was raging in Kashmir. The killings, condemned widely as unprovoked, had created uproar. The kin of the deceased have been provided compensation but the pain inflicted on the four families has not subsided. 

Greater Kashmir spoke to the family members of the victims—Muhammad Ashraf Wani, a businessman; Manzoor Ahmad Lone, a farmer; Javid Ahmad Najar, a carpenter and Javid Ahmad Sheikh, a hairdresser. 

 

THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID:

 

FAREEDA AKHTAR, WIDOW OF ASHRAF WANI

He had a flourishing business but nobody has even opened the shutter of his shop since his death. We don't have any male in the family except my aged father who hardly keeps well. His (Ashraf’s) car is gathering dust. The pain is deep and unbearable. He had gone to fetch a newspaper for me and we received his body with a newspaper clutched in his hand. Though the government has provided us with an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh but can the money get me my husband back? The money will help in the education of my children, no doubt, but when they ask for their papa, everything material is of no value. Can money buy them their father?

 

RUKHSANA AKHTAR, WIDOW OF MANZOOR AHMAD LONE, MOTHER OF TWO CHILDREN 

Their martyrdom should bear fruit so that they are not forgotten. Here killings are politicised by all. This pain will never go. We have lost everything (beats her chest). 

MUHAMMAD AMIR NAJAR, BROTHER OF JAVID AHMAD NAJAR

The culprits might be roaming free somewhere. Justice should be done in all killings that happened during 2016 unrest. The compensation won't give us our loved ones back. Only justice will relieve us of the pain we are living with. I study in class 10 but I am unable to attend the school as I have to look after my house now. I had a passion for studies and my brother always wanted me to do well in academics.

MEHBOOBA AKHTAR, MOTHER OF JAVID AHMAD SHEIKH

Can the money heal my wounds? The pain of losing your child never dies. I do not take his name as I don’t believe he is dead. And what has changed. They are killing people every day.