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Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances: India

In international human rights law, an enforced disappearance occurs when a person is secretly abducted by a state, political organization, or by a third party.


The APDP estimates that 8,000- 10,000 people are missing from the Jammu and Kashmir regions alone.

Find more information on India's enforced disappearances and human rights:

South Asians For Human Rights reports on India's enforced disappearances.

Babloo Loitongbam, the Executive Director of Human Rights Alert in Manipur, discusses the Armed Forces Special Powers Act of 1958, its inception, purpose and its present implementation which has extended beyond the original geographical objective and is now being utilized to suppress the human rights of people in the Jammu and Kashmir region. 

Vrinda Grover, a human rights lawyer of New Delhi, speaks of the estimated 8,000- 10,000 people who have been disappeared by Indian state forces, groups sponsored by the Indian state and para military forces in the Jammu and Kashmir region.