Esteemed Mehboobaji, I am writing to you this letter with the hope that you being a women and a mother may recognize my pain of separation from my child who is languishing in jail for many years just for raising his voice against injustice.
I am a handicapped mother of Sheikh Danish Mushtaq, 23, from Aloosa Bandipora. Danish has been booked under PSA several times during the past few years on account of being an activist in separatist politics.
Recently, I saw a ray of hope when you announced amnesty for hundreds of youth, however it pained me immeasurably when I didn’t find my son’s name on the list of those who had been granted amnesty.
Not only am I handicapped, but my incarcerated son Danish too is physically disabled which multiplies my pain and distress. He has a huge responsibility as far as our family is concerned. Our family depends upon his wellbeing and his sister’s future, as far as her education is concerned, is his responsibility.
My son has been lodged in different jails, and is in detention despite the judiciary quashing PSA against him. But some people are hell bent upon destroying his life and that of his entire family.
Danish was pursuing MBA from Chandigarh and had come home for vacations. He had completed one semester when he was again booked under PSA while on holidays in Kashmir, It was his dream to pursue MBA and get a decent job.
Danish has always been a great advocate of peaceful forms of agitation and believes in non-violence. He, as a disciplined human, always believes in core values of human justice and has thus raised his voice against any form of injustice against fellow humans irrespective of color, creed or religion democratically.
Madam, I’ve pinned all my hopes on you and I believe you’ll not only consider the case of my only son, but will also see to it that he the amnesty is granted to him as well under this government policy of yours. Your assertion that reconciliation and peace will dominate revenge and hate gives me, and many other like me, a ray of hope and I hope you don’t let us down..
There are few elements who are taking the case of my son as a revenge, rather than looking at its legal merits. I hope you’ll take care of that as well and ensure that the amnesty policy is followed in letter and spirit on the ground by those who have to execute it.
I will be eagerly looking forward to a quick considerate response from your side.