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...I could hear her address God. She would pause after each cry, as if waiting for an answer to her pleas. “Why did you take him away? You knew he was the lone support of my family. You knew how poor we are. You knew how weak I am,’’ she said. She cried for a while and finally I saw her walking away from the cave. She was smiling. It looked as if her prayers have already been answered. Her son Riyaz had fallen victim to what we call “enforced disappearance” in the early 1990s. She came to the shrine every week to plead for her son’s return. In June 2000, I was in the hospital OPD, seeing patients. A woman from downtown Srinagar was being carried by a group of women, her neighbours. She was crying and the other women were trying to console her as they ushered her in. Her son too had disappeared, never to return. ...Indian Express on Aug. 12, 2017, 12:10 a.m.