Wives of former militants protest in Kupwara, demand dignified rehabilitation

The Pakistani wives of former Kashmiri militants Friday staged a peaceful protest in Kupwara and urged New Delhi and J&K government to take concrete steps for their dignified rehabilitation in Kashmir.

The protesting women appeared in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Kupwara and started raising slogans against the authorities for not redressing their grievances saying that they had arrived in the Valley five years back with their Kashmiri husband.

They expressed disappointment over non-fulfillment of the promises made by New Delhi and J&K government and said Government of India (GoI) first allowed them to enter into the Valley along with their Kashmiri husbands but later deprived them of all fundamental and democratic rights in Kashmir.

“We are in acute mental stress as we are unable to meet our families in Pakistan. The government is depriving us of our rights,” said a protester.

“Either give us all due rights or deport us to Pakistan. We are also human beings and want to live a dignified life,” said another woman.

The protesting women urged both New Delhi and J&K government to provide them the required travel documents so that they could visit their families in Pakistan.