Kashmir, Ather Zia, Critical Kashmir Studies, half-widows, Anthropology of Policy, Instagram

Half-widow is a term coined by the media in Kashmir for the wives of those Kashmiri men who have been disappeared in the custody of the Indian army. Approximately 2500 of the 10,000 disappeared men had been married. The half-widows have become committed activists in the APDP, which is a popular acronym for Association of the Parents of the Disappeared Persons. The APDP is a well-known human rights formally founded in 1994 by Parveena Ahangar, a mother whose son disappeared in custody and Parvez Imroz, a human rights lawyer and activist. Today, they both head two distinct APDP groups, both equally formidable in their fight for justice and accountability. Dominated by women; mostly mothers and half-widows the APDP’s have become symbolic of Indian brutality and people’s resistance. Almost 91% of the half-widows have not remarried despite an emergency Islamic ruling, allowing remarriage only after four years of wait. The half-widows despite facing financial hardships, are committed to activism and educating their children. This above painting [by students] hanging in Parveena Ahangar’s office represents the gruesome tragedy, the unending wait, agency and resistance of these women. – Ather Zia

Image (c) Ather Zia 2016. Originally posted on ASAP Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BI78v4HhDAk/?taken-by=anthofpolicy

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