Addressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti on Friday said it had been three months since her mother and thousands of politicians, civil society members and minor boys were detained. Iltija was responding to photographs of Modi meeting his mother recently that news agency ANI posted.
Calling the photographs “heartwarming”, Mufti’s daughter further asked Modi “how much longer will you separate those mothers from their sons”.
Heartwarming PM sir @narendramodi .But its been 3 months since you illegally detained my mother along with thousands of politicians,civil society members & minor boys. How much longer will you separate those mothers from their sons for? https://t.co/ZHd7qjL4sr
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) November 1, 2019
Iltija, who has been tweeting from her mother’s Twitter handle since September 20, has been vocal about how Mehbooba is “suffering” in detention since the Centre scrapped provisions of Article 370 on August 5.
After meeting her mother earlier in September, she sent an email to the Home Secretary of Government of India seeking information, on behalf of her mother, about the number of “detentions and arrests” taken place in the state.
“I, Iltija emailed the Home Secretary of GOI & Home Secretary of J&K on 18th September seeking certain information for my mother, Ms Mufti. I am still awaiting a response,” she said.
She said her mother has had no access to newspapers and has not been briefed by any member of her political party or staff.
“In my meeting with her, my mother expressed concern at the number of detentions and arrests (and in particular the reports of detention of children) that have taken place in the state,” she wrote.
The Supreme Court on September 5 allowed Iltija to travel to Srinagar to meet the PDP chief. In her plea, Iltija submitted that she is concerned about her mother’s health as she has not met her in a month.
In early October, a delegation of leaders from the National Conference met their party president Dr Farooq Abdullah and his wife at their residence in Srinagar. The delegation also met NC vice-president Omar Abdullah at Hari Nivas.
Mehbooba, however, had refused to meet a delegation of PDP members despite permission from then Governor Satya Pal Malik. Party sources had told The Indian Express that Mehbooba “is in distress” and had refused to meet leaders as “the situation in Kashmir is bigger than any party matter at the moment and that she does not wish to become an international prop”.
Several mainstream politicians, activists and businessman were placed under detention after the Centre revoked Article 370 that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.