The third anniversary of the Batla House ‘encounter’ was observed by the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association on the 19th September 2011 at Jamia Millia Islamia. The programme was addressed by noted filmmaker and civil rights activist Mr. Sanjay Kak and Ms. Parveena Ahangar, the Chairperson of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP). The programme began with a brief outline of the activities and future programmes of the JTSA. The struggle of JTSA to ensure justice for those arrested in the 2008 Delhi serial blasts and the recent acquittal of Mohd. Salman at the stage of framing charges was emphasized.

Mr. Sanjay Kak spoke at length about the recently discovered mass graves in various districts of Jammu and Kashmir and the “bureaucracy of repression of the Indian State”. Mr. Kak emphasized the role of civil rights activists and the state human rights commission in bringing this horrendous situation to light. He condemned the culture of impunity and the legal frameworks that allowed security personnel to escape punishment and appreciated JTSA’s efforts in this direction. Most significantly, Mr Sanjay Kak sought to draw a parallel and make a connection between those who the over many years have disappeared in Kashmir or lie anonymous in ‘unmarked’ graves in Kashmir on the one hand and the many purportedly ‘innocent’ youth incarcerated on false charges of being involved in terror cases and languishing in the various jails across India—the ‘living’ dead.
Ms. Parveena Ahangar spoke next about her endless struggle to find her son who disappeared twenty one years ago in Kashmir. She spoke about the total indifference of the Government in tracking down such cases despite FIRs being lodged in each case. In a speech surcharged with emotion, which was applauded all the way by the audience, Ms. Ahangar vowed to continue her fight for the “enforced disappeared”.
The meeting ended with the screening of Iffat Fatim’s acclaimed documentary “Where Have You Hidden My New Crescent Moon?’’; a narrative on the painful experiences and trauma of the ‘disappeared’ persons’ kin in Kashmir.

Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association— A Press Release
19th September 2011

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