One Woman Against The State: Masooda Parveen’s 20 Years Struggle

Video By: Rayees Ahmad | Article By: Nusrat Ali

Masooda Parveen of Pampora area in Kashmir has been fighting for justice in Supreme Court of India for last 20 years after her husband Adv Ghulam Mohiudin Rigoo a member of High Court Bar Association, was taken away from his house by an Army Major accompanied by two government gunmen on February 1, 1998. On Feb 3 his mutilated body was handed over to the family by local Police.
As per the reply filed by Army to the Supreme Court of India, it was said that Rigoo was a ‘Pakistani Militant’ and ‘alleged’ him of attacking at the army. As per reply of Army, Rigoo was interrogated and later he agreed to the Army that he knew various Militant hideouts and is ready to accompany them to bust these places. Upon reaching there, he stopped the army men some meters away and got into the hideout and opened fire on a party, which resulted in his killing subsequently.

Masooda has been fighting for the justice since her husband was killed, she has spoken about her case at international platforms and institutions.
“My case was dismissed in Supreme Court and when I asked the reason from my Lawyer, she said that she does not know the actual reason but the only reason might be that I was a Muslim and a Kashmiri” says Masooda Parveen.
“In Kashmir, mostly innocent people are killed and then labelled as militants and when there families ask for justice they too are targeted” adds Masooda.

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