Jammu and Kashmir Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) Wednesday staged a peaceful sit in at Pratap Park here, demanding whereabouts of the disappeared.
The victim families, holding the photographs of their beloved who were subjected to enforced disappearance, urged international community to "pressurize Indian authorities to stop human rights violations in Kashmir."
Speaking on the occasion, Chairperson APDP, Parveena Ahangar said that on 10th of every month, the APDP holds a silent protest to draw the attention of world community towards the enforced disappearances in the Jammu Kashmir.
"The protests are held to keep the memories of our disappeared kin alive. The bitter memory of enforced disappearances is now part of our collective memory, thus, we seek justice for the families and victims of enforced disappearances," she said.
She added that the family members of the victims had developed serious psychological and physical ailments due to stress and sense of deprivation. In many cases, the sole bread earner in the family has been subjected to custodial disappearance whose loss has not only caused families to suffer the loss of livelihood but has also deprived them of a life of dignity and respect, she deplored.