As a Kashmiri you come from a line of women who have lived through brutalities -- the world refuses to acknowledge.
A line of women who are yet to taste justice but whose harrowing stories and inconsolable pain propel them to continue their fight.
A line of women whose resilience continue to be unparalleled.
These women are women of Kunan and Poshpora.
Kunan and Poshpora are two villages in the Kupwara district of North Kashmir where at least 50 to 60 women were raped by the Indian forces on the intervening night of 23rd and 24th February 199.
Every year on this day anniversary of this incident is being commemorated but I believe these women are not tokens or victims to be remembered on anniversaries.
They are survivors.
They are the epitome of the notion of struggle and the way in which we as a society respond to them should grow beyond symbolism.
Their pain, our collective pain, should continue to inspire our fight for justice and enforce our belief in the principles upon which we demand it.
We as a society should empower and strengthen these women. Their struggle to strive should ever be remembered so that they won’t be lost somewhere in the crowd.
Blogger is a student of medicine in London and tweets at Sanaa_Sultan .