Srinagar: Scores of Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK) origin women, married to former militants from this side of Kashmir, along with their children on Tuesday staged a protest here at press Enclave Srinagar, demanding travel documents to visit their families.
Holding placards and raising slogans, the protesting women were chanting slogans like “We Want Justice” and “We Want Travel Documents”. The protesting women said they have been protesting and demanding the issuance of travel documents for a long now, “but to no avail”.
“If the government is not ready to accept us, the Government should send us back to Pakistan, as marrying Kashmiri men is not a crime,” they said.
The aggrieved women said that, “We haven’t committed any crime by marrying Kashmiris? The government is not considering us as humans. We are being treated worse than cattle,” they said.
“We want the Government of India to confirm our identity. If we are Indians then give us a passport to travel and if we are not Indians then send us back from where we have come,” they said.
The protestors said we are not demanding stars from the Government of India. “We are just asking them to provide us with the documents so that we can reach family members,” they said.
They also said that they have protested several times in the past but the government has not bothered about their miseries. “If our demand will not be fulfilled we will continue our protest,” they said.
The aggrieved women further said that after arriving in the valley under the government’s rehabilitation policy the authorities have failed to rehabilitate them. “This has caused us immense hardship,” they said.
“Not a single family has been rehabilitated so far by the government and all of their tall claims have fallen short,” they said.
The protesting women said that so far the government has not initiated any process regarding the rehabilitation policy since no travel documents nor passports or any other related document is awarded to any of the family.
Notably, several former militants returned to Kashmir via Nepal with their families after the Omar Abdullah government in 2010 announced a rehabilitation scheme for surrendered.