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12:00 AM, September 03, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 03, 2019

Govt. must take responsibility for disappearances

Cases of enforced disappearances have remained pervasive in our country, despite the huge media outcry and public backlash—and have been denied by government agencies, in spite of the alleged involvement of law enforcers in many cases.

While the whole nation watches in disbelief the ease with which an individual just disappears overnight, it is the family of that said individual who has to suffer in anticipation or apprehension.

According to Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), 344 people have gone missing between 2014 and July 2019, out of which, 203 are still missing. It is hard to fathom the agony their families have to harbour, not knowing what condition they are in, or whether they are dead or alive.

The government has been turning a deaf ear to the cries of these families, whereas it should take full responsibility for the disappearance of these individuals. Such a situation demands a louder outcry from the masses and the media which, together, could push the government towards taking immediate steps.

The perpetrators responsible must be brought to trial so that the people of this country can live without the fear of disappearing without a trace.

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