"Raja Begum's story: “Wherever I go, whatever I do, my son, Ghulam Ahmed Dar, is always in my mind. I always think about him,” says Raja holding a fading picture of her son. She remembers the chilly November day her son disappeared in 1997 like it was yesterday. “He went to school but did not return. We went to the school to look for him, but he was nowhere. The next day, my husband and I went to the Budgam police station to lodge an FIR, but the police turned us away.” Ghulam Ahmed was in Class 9 at Government High School Narbal, Budgam, and, his mother says “good at studies”.
In the years since, Raja has searched “graveyards, morgues, prisons, torture centres” but, she laments, she never got “even a glimpse” of his son anywhere. Raja has four sons and a daughter. Her husband, Mohammad Maqbool Dar, died in 2010, of a broken heart. Raja has endured great suffering, but she hasn't let her spirit be crushed. “We observe this day every year and remember our loved ones. I have only one motive for coming here: I want to tell the world to its voice against these disappearances that occurred in Jammu and Kashmir. If i do this, maybe no mother, no daughter, no wife will have to suffer as we have,” she says.
Story credit: Kashmir Ink." Disclaimer: This images is for illustration purpose only
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