Scores of young artists here Friday painted the pain of families of the disappeared in Kashmir on the International Day of Disappeared Persons. Freelance photographer, Ahmer Khan, shows you the frames he captured.These are my people. Kashmir is like family. I protest for my family. Shall we expect others to come and protest for us? It is my way to protest against the the enforced disappearances, said an art student from the Institute of Fine Arts here,
Resistance through art has recieved attention particularly since the civil protest in 2010.
A number of artists have showcased their work on Kashmir at international events.
The event was organized by the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) “in memory of people who have been subjected to enforced disappearance in Jammu and Kashmir.”
Chairperson of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, Parveena Ahanger said, “We don’t need compensation. Give us back our dear ones, we don’t need money.”
Chairman, Association of Disappeared persons (APDP) Parveena Ahanger said: “During 23 years of strife, there are more than 1,500 half widows, 70,000 dead and more than 8,000 disappeared across Kashmir. State government must institute an independent commission of inquiry into the complaints of disappearances and other human rights violations,” she said.
A human rights activist demanded naming and shaming of those responsible for the disappearance of people. “The institutional culture of institutional culpability and impunity has resulted in enforced and involuntary disappearance of at least 8,000 persons. This is a crime against humanity. The government of the day is also complicit in this crime against humanity,” he said.
Youth painted their bodies with different slogans. “I am a local youth having no affiliation with any party. The slogans you see painted on body could give you an idea that I like other Kashmiri people demand stern punishment for the those Indian Army and BSF personnel who are responsible for the disappearances of innocent Kashmiri youth,” a protestor said.