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Statement Released by Women & Mothers on Killings in Kashmir Valley

06 August, 2010

There is a sound in Kashmir that resonates longer than the staccato of the gun. There is a sound in Kashmir that wants the violence to stop. There is a sound in Kashmir, that doesn't care about politics. There is a sound in Kashmir echoing: STOP, Enough! It is the sound of mothers crying as they wait for their children to return knowing that they may not. Wailing, as they wonder why their young ones were killed.

The Mothers of India  calls out to the mothers all over India to make sure that no child is killed in Kashmir; that no mother cries in silence that violence does not beget more violence.

Mothers all over the country need to demand answers, why has Kashmir lost 17 children to a conflict they don't even understand? We, the mothers, must raise our voices against any kind of extremism. After all we do not give birth to our children to see them killed brutally by bullets. How can we justify the violence on either side? How long can we be mute spectators and not respond to the pain of our sisters in Kashmir?

With 45 lives lost in the last few weeks we cannot sit back any more. We need to raise our voices for dialogue and debate. We need to look at a peaceful resolution to this mindless violence. The blame game should stop and mothers can do this.

The Mothers of India  believes that the situation in Kashmir may yet be retrieved if the Government acknowledges that young people are feeling alienated. Treating it as a law and order problem will only deepen conflict and alienation.

This is a call to the mothers of Kashmir, of Manipur, of Assam of Chhattisgarh, of all the conflict zones to rise and come together for the future of our children. If we don't stand up now and call for peace we will never be able to face our children whose future we are allowing to be destroyed.

This is not a problem of just the Kashmiri mothers alone. We are all impacted by the situation in Kashmir. Don't our children deserve to live with dignity? Don't they deserve a secure future? Don't they deserve to grow feeling free and safe? We the mothers need to stand in solidarity against violent extremism. We need to permeate the corridors of power with a call for peace. Our voice has to be heard. Our voice will be heard!

Released on behalf of :

 

 

  1. Aasma Khan Kriti Sansthan, MP
  2. Aasma Parveen Navdisha Sahar Mahila, Chanderi, MP
  3. Amandeep Kaur Punjab
  4. Amrita Nandy Joshi- Sangat
  5. Anju Dubey, Centre for Social Research
  6. Annie Raja, NFIW
  7. Anuradha Marwah, Ajmer Adult Education Association (AAEA)
  8. Aparna Dwivedi, Human Rights Law Network
  9. Astha Ranjan, ANHAD
  10. Balwinder Kaur - Punjab
  11. Bansanti Behera - Orissa
  12. Barkha Lakra Jharkhand
  13. Bharti Sonkar Bhopal, MP
  14. Bimla Bardhan - Orissa
  15. Bondita Acharaya - Assam
  16. Chandrakanta Bharti Dalit Foundation, New Delhi
  17. Charu - Punjab
  18. D. Sharisa Tamil Nadu
  19. Damyanti Tambay, Secy. War Widows Association
  20. Dr V Rukmini Rao, Gramya Resource Centre for Women ,Secunderabad
  21. Dr. Jyotsna Chatterji, Joint Women's Programme
  22. Dr. Nasreen Jamal Jharkhand
  23. Dr. Rose Kerketta -Orissa
  24. Dr. Shanti Khalko Jharkhand
  25. Dr. V. Mohini Giri, Chairperson, Guild of Service and war Widows Association,
  26. E.Ezhil Caroline Tamil Nadu
  27. Farhat Amin Orissa
  28. IGSSS
  29. J. Gurmeet Singh, President War Widows Association
  30. Jamila Nishat Hyderabad
  31. Jayanti Ahirwar Amantran Mahila Mandal, Khajuraho, MP
  32. Johani Xaxa - Orissa
  33. K. Shangnaidur Tontang - Manipur
  34. Kamala Valli Tamil Nadu
  35. Kamala Bhasin- Sangat
  36. Kamini Attawaele NAWO, Chattisgarh
  37. Khairun Nisan Ibrahim Pasta Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  38. Koely Roy Kolkatta, West Bengal
  39. Lalita Missal Orrisa
  40. Leena Gajbhiye AIPWO, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  41. M. Narmadha Devi Women Initiative in development, Tamil Nadu
  42. Mahfuza Rehman Gawahati, Assam
  43. Manisha Trivedi-ANHAD, Gujarat
  44. Manju Rai Rajasthan
  45. Manjula Pradeep Navsarjan, Gujarat
  46. Mansi Sharma ANHAD, New Delhi
  47. Mary G. Bage - Orissa
  48. Mehjabeen Pathan -Gujarat
  49. Meristella Wahlang Meghalaya
  50. Monisha Behl North Eastern Network, Assam
  51. Mousumi Gupta, YWCA of India
  52. N Naseema Tamil Nadu
  53. Nanom Jamoh Arunanchal Pradesh
  54. Navneet Kaur - Punjab
  55. Nazhat H. Shaista - Gujarat
  56. Neelu Parmar - Gujarat
  57. Nonitala Narengbam Manipur
  58. Noori Parveen Jharkhand
  59. Nusarat Naqvi Ajmer
  60. Padmini Kumar, Joint Women's Programme
  61. Pamela Philipose, Women Feature Service.
  62. Prabhawati Sakhi Kendra, Kanpur, UP
  63. Premwati Dhumketi Mandla district, MP
  64. Priyanka Jaiswal, ANHAD
  65. Prity Bohidar NAWO, MP
  66. Promilla Swain NAWO, Orissa
  67. Qamar Azad Hashmi, Delhi
  68. PV Sathyabadan Hyderabad, AP
  69. Rajni - NAWO, Chattisgarh
  70. Resly Abraham Anvashi Dalit Women Centre, Thiruvalla, Kerala
  71. Rosa Wahlang Meghalaya
  72. Rose Mary Dzuvichau - Kohima, Nagaland
  73. S. Kamala Deva Mani Tamil Nadu
  74. S. Ramzan Tamil Nadu
  75. Sabiha Naaz - Jharkhand
  76. Salge Mardi - Jharkhand
  77. Samina Begum AYESHA, Suberpur
  78. Sania Hashmi, ANHAD Media
  79. Savitri Dhumketi Mandla district, MP
  80. Shabnam Hashmi ANHAD, New Delhi
  81. Shabnam Sen Gupta NAWO, MP
  82. Sheba George, NAWO, Sahrwaru, Gujarat
  83. Shipra Devi Chattisgarh
  84. Smriti Minocha, HRLN, Delhi
  85. Sonam Gupta, ANHAD
  86. Subhashini Mahila Manch, UP
  87. Sudha Sundararaman, General Secretary, AIDWA Suneeta Dhar, JAGORI
  88. Sunila Singh, Jagori
  89. Sunita Macwan - Gujarat
  90. Supriya Mallik - Orissa
  91. Sushila Goyal NAWO, MP
  92. Swapna Majumdar
  93. Tarini Manchanda
  94. Thulasi Munda - Orissa
  95. Urmi Chaluna Tripura
  96. Vasavi Kiro Jharkhand
  97. Vidya Sharma Jhansi, UP
  98. Vinita Nagar, Delhi
  99. Women's Initiative For Peace In South Asia
  100. Zulekha Jabin Chattisgarh