Parveena Ahangar, the founder and Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Person (APDP) Kashmir is recognised by BBC among the 100 most inspiring women of 2019. Parveena, turned her personal grief and search for her son abducted and disappeared in 1991 by security forces, into a movement, of families who’s loved ones were disappeared, for justice.
The BBC citation said that Parveena is known as the ‘Iron lady of Kashmir’. Her teenage son disappeared in 1990, at the height of an uprising against Indian rule in Kashmir.
“He is one of thousands of ‘disappeared’ there – leading Parveena to set up the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP). She says she has not given up hope of seeing her son again, with next year marking the 30th anniversary of his disappearance,” it added.
The citation quoted her as saying, “The grief of losing my son to enforced disappearance inspires me to struggle for justice and accountability, and I aspire to work towards making the world a better place, especially for women. It is imperative that women’s issues are given prime importance in today’s world, especially for those living in conflict and war zones.”