Meet Highlights Plight of ‘Half Widows’

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Srinagar:  A day-long consultative meeting was organized with Ulema (Clergy) and civil society members deliberating on legal status and property rights of women whose spouses have disappeared during the past three decades of conflict in Kashmir.

The event was organized by an NGO ‘EHSAS’ at a local hotel here.

During the meeting the Ulema from different schools of thought participated and spoke about the ways and means to find out solution on the issues confronted by these women also known here as ‘Half-widows”.

The speakers stressed on making efforts and reaching a consensus over the grave issue. They also emphasised on the need to create awareness among masses about their property rights legal status.

The victims present in the meeting narrated their ordeal and highlighted their plight faced from their in-laws over their property rights.

During the meeting the speakers stated that the half widows whose husbands have been missing since decades should get their rights under the ambit of Shariyah.

 “We must give in our efforts and involve more ulema and approach the families of in-laws in order to motivate them in doing justice to these victims,” the speakers said.

Suggestions for involving volunteer groups were also put forward during the meeting wherein the speakers said the move will help in resolving the issues faced by the victims of enforced disappearance.

 “We have several examples wherein the victims of enforced disappearance are not aware of their rights and they are exploited by the in-laws by denying them their property rights,” the speakers said.

Meanwhile, the victims who were invited by the EHSAS group narrated their ordeal and shared their day to day suffering to make both ends meet.

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