Actor Aamir Bashir's mother, aunts in jail after protest in J-K

Zafri Mudasser Nofil

Mumbai, Oct 16 (PTI) Actor-director Aamir Bashir says he is proud of his elderly mother and his aunts for 'standing up to the might' of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which took a group of women into custody during a protest in Srinagar on Tuesday.

Bashir said his mother Hawa Bashir Khan and his aunts, all in their 70s and 80s, were sent to jail after their protest against the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.

Among the 13 women activists taken into custody were the sister and daughter of former chief minister Farooq Abdullah.

The women were released on Wednesday evening after they furnished a personal bond and assured that they would maintain peace.

'After the initial shock, some perspective... while my mother and aunts (all in their 70s and 80s) are in jail for a peaceful protest. There are hundreds if not thousands of children some as young as nine, who are picked up in midnight raids and taken to unknown locations...

'They're thrashed, tortured and their families run from pillar to post to find their whereabouts,' the actor tweeted on Wednesday.

After the release of the women, Bashir again took to Twitter to say, 'All 13 detained women have been released. Each of them had to sign a bond and pay INR 10k surety for a year. Instead of prison they have to live with this gag order. Thank you to all who sent messages of support.'

'Please keep in mind that 1000s of voiceless Kashmiris are still in prison in and and outside #Kashmir with no recourse to justice. #KashmirWomenMarch #Kashmirprotests.'

Bashir, who was most recently seen in 'Sacred Games' and directed 'Harud', a film on Kashmir, said the women 'took a stand and chose to speak out against this oppression'.

On Tuesday, he shared a video of his mother speaking to an international media outlet during the protest.

''Ask us why we are unhappy!' says my mother. 'Is this democracy?' asks my aunt. Proud of these women standing up to the might of a police state...,' the actor had tweeted. PTI RB BK MIN ZMN