‘If he is dead I should see his grave, if he is alive I should see his face’
By ABID BASHIR
Srinagar: Days after his Nikaah with Mehr-un-Nisa in August 2015, young Manzoor Ahamd Khan allegedly disappeared from the camp of 25 Rashtriya Rifles after soldiers apprehended him not far from his home in Diver.
On August 31 that year, as Khan’s bride was packing her bags and preparing to join him, her uncle rushed home screaming.
“Suddenly, my uncle came to me amid screams that Manzoor was apprehended and was with the soldiers of 25 Rashtriya Riffles,” Nisa said.
“I lost myself, unable to come to terms (with the news).”
Almost 16 months on, there is no news of Khan. The 28-year-old just married young man has simply disappeared.
Police lodged an FIR and a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted to probe Khan’s disappearance, but to no avail.
Nisa has been living in a great despair, shock and grief ever since.
“Life has played with me the way I had not even thought in my wildest dreams,” she laments.
“I had gotten engaged with Manzoor, who is also my cousin in 2015. Our nikah ceremony was performed in August 2017 and I was waiting for the day to join my in-laws.”
At just 24 years, Nisa is struggling between hope and religious obligation.
Nisa says she has a religious binding disallowing her to marry someone else for at least seven years after Khan’s disappearance, while some Islamic scholars claim “I have to wait for nine years.”
“Whatever the circumstances, I will not marry unless his whereabouts are clear,” Nisa says, despairing.
“If he is dead, I should see his grave, if he is alive, I should see his face.”
Khan’s family made all possible attempts to find him.
A day after his disappearance Kahn’s cousin Nasrullah went to the camp of 25 RR at Timukha top near Diver village of Lolab in the frontier district of Kupwara. However, the family alleges Nasrullah was tortured by the soldiers and let go only after his both kidneys were damaged.
“Nasruallah was treated at SKIMS, Soura for nearly a month,” a relative of his revealed.
Khan’s case of disappearance was brought in front of the State Human Rights Commission by rights activist Muhammad Ahsan Untoo.
“In the latest hearing, those representing the SIT stated that they have not been able to trace Manzoor (Khan) as army wasn’t cooperating with them,” Untoo said.
“I believe it is the job of the SIT to make soldiers of the camp cooperate with them and find out what happened to Manzoor. Since it has almost been a year-and-a half, I think Manzoor has been added to the already 8000 people who disappeared since 1990.”