The Iron Lady of Kashmir
The Iron Lady of Kashmir is inspired from the life and fight for justice of Parveena Ahangar. A semi-literate Kashmiri housewife and a mother, Parveena's life changed on the night of 18 August, 1990, when her son Javed Ahmad Ahangar, then a 16-year-old student, was picked up allegedly by the Army who mistook him for a militant during a midnight raid on his uncle's house at Bodhipora in the Batmaloo area of Srinagar City.
A woman who seldom ventured outside of her house, against her husband’s will, started an agonizing search for her son, alone. She informed the local police station about his arrest and staged a sit-in on the road for a full day. She ran from pillar to post but her heartbreaking efforts proved futile. She approached the court which ordered an inquiry into her missing son's case. Parveena approached almost all the powerful politicians in the State but in vain. During this process of chase for her son she discovered that she was not the only one, in fact there were thousands of similar children who had disappeared leaving no trail. Determined to continue her struggle, Parveena gathered such parents who were victimized and she formed the Association of Parents of Disappeared People (APDP). The United Front for Disappeared Persons in the story signifies the APDP. Without any formal education, Parveena Ahangar has mobilized women who even after decades of the conflict in Kashmir are yet to know where their missing near and dear ones are. She is known as "The Iron Lady of Kashmir" of the Kashmir valley.Click here to edit text