March 31, 2018 – APDP Press Release

March 31, 2018 – APDP Press Release

Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons

31 March at 15:29 · 

With immense grief we regret to inform you that Dilshada Sheikh, a member of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), passed away Saturday morning.

Dilshada Sheikh who lived in Zakura, Srinagar, was the half-widow of Bashir Ahmad Sheikh and mother of their two sons. Bashir Ahmad Sheikh was a casual laborer who was subjected to an enforced disappearance after being picked up by Border Security Force (BSF) of the Indian Army in Lal Chowk on the 16th of June, 1992.

Dilshada was an active member of APDP since 2010, who would regularly participate in the monthly sit-ins at Partap Park. Her dedication to the cause of enforced disappearances remained undeterred until her last breath. Even though her search for her husband remains unfulfilled, we the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), pledge to carry on with her unresolved search for her husband on her behalf and take it forward to its fruitful end.

The struggle against the enforced disappearances in Kashmir has been led by APDP since 1994. Since then, APDP has lost the family members of some of the victims of enforced disappearances, who fought for their disappeared loved ones and kept their struggle alive until their last breath with dignity.

We lost Moghal Maas, single mother of Nazir Ahmad Teli who kept her search alive for her only child; Misra Begum, mother of Shabir Ahmad Ghasi; AbdurRazaq Dar, father of Mehrajuddin Dar, and many others.

Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons has been a socio-political movement against enforced disappearances in Kashmir since 1989. APDP is dedicated to provide for as well as legally fight on behalf of the families of the victims of enforced disappearances in Kashmir.


March 10, 2018 – APDP Press Release

March 10, 2018 – APDP Press Release


10 March, 2018

On the occasion of the International Women’s day, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) commemorates the struggles of Kashmiri women against the repression of the Indian state. Since the outbreak of counter-insurgency, the Indian state subjected thousands of Kashmiri men to enforced disappearances which left behind hundreds of widows and their children and ageing mothers.

 However, instead of choosing to be victims, these widows and mothers of the victims choose to fight and continue to do so in an extensively militarized atmosphere. APDP commemorates the spirit of these women. These women not only kept the flame of pursuit of justice alive by fighting for their dear ones but showed exemplary courage to take on a state that is outrageously brutal.

The state has been using sexual violence against Kashmiri women as a war tactic to crush the dissenting population.  In the past the armed forces protected by the impunity provided by the state have committed mass rapes, systemic sexual violence against women. The incidents of Kunan-Poshpora mass rape, Asiya-Neelofar Shopian double rapes cases are stark examples of how the state has used rape as a weapon against Kashmiri women and how the state has protected the perpetuators.

Recently, the brutal rape and murder of a minor girl, Asifa, at the hands of a Special Police Officer (SPO) of Jammu Kashmir Police again displayed the extent of impunity provided by the state to the perpetuator. APDP condemns the state’s unwillingness to bring the perpetuator of the rape case to justice. APDP demands that the systemic sexual violence against Kashmiri women must stop and all those army, police and state backed militia personal who are involved in the rapes of women in Kashmir should be prosecuted and punished.

In its fight against the enforced disappearance, APDP demands whereabouts of all those people who were abducted by the state forces. The practice of enforced disappearance has not stopped. Recently, on 31 August 2017, Manzoor Ahmed a resident of Devar, Kupwara was abducted by the Indian Army belonging to the 27 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit, stationed at Trimukh top in Kupwara and the state has not yet been able return Manzoor to his dear one. APDP again reiterates its demand that all those who were disappeared should be returned to their families.