Kashmir's 'Stateless' Women Hold Protest In Srinagar

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Srinagar- The Pak-origin wives of erstwhile militants staged a protest demonstration on Monday at Press Colony, Srinagar demanding travel documents.

The protestors said if the government cannot provide them with travel documents, they should be given Citizenship. The women protestors were holding placards and were accompanied by their children.

Leading the contingent of protestors was Misbah Junaid. She is among the few hundred Pakistani women of Kashmiri origin who returned to Kashmir along with their spouses, young Kashmiris who had crossed the LoC for arms training but gave up the idea there.

Having returned to Kashmir under the 2010 surrender and rehabilitation policy she remains stateless as she sans citizenship documents.

Misbah and other women have continued to protest and press for their demands for travel documents and other identity papers but to no avail.

"If the government is not ready to provide us legal documents, they are free to deport us," said Misbah amid sloganeering.

“We met the Lieutenant Governor and submitted a memorandum as well but we received no response from the administration” she said.

Simran Ahmad, a seventeen year old protestor said she has never been to her maternal home.

“In absence of travel documents I can’t travel to my maternal home, I appeal the administration to allow us to go back so that we can meet our relatives”. She said.

It is pertinent to mention that protesting women had addressed a press conference on 29th November, 2021 to press for their demands.

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Syed Mohammad Burhan

Syed Mohammad Burhan has Masters in Mass Communications and works as City Reporter at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @syedmohammad313

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