Deadly protests that began in July have led to massive income loss in the Kashmir Valley, where most households rely on the wages of day laborers. The story of Mohammad Sultan is typical; his earnings have gone from the equivalent of $6 a day to perhaps $4.45 a week, partly because large construction sites, where he’d found regular work, were shut down as strikes ordered by armed groups prevented delivery of building materials.
In a region where domestic violence often goes unchecked, police, health officials and women’s advocates say more married women are being torched by their husbands and in-laws. There was an upsurge in domestic violence in 2016, when a military-enforced curfew confined families to their homes for months.
New regulations that restrict trade between the sections of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan and India have created problems for businesspeople who trade fruit and other goods grown on either side. Trade numbers have dramatically lowered at the post, which the traders say hinders connections between family members separated by the border.
Women disabled in conflict-related violence are deemed a burden to their families and don’t have equal access to health care or economic opportunities. The government has mentioned the idea of compensation but hasn't taken any action.
Beginning in childhood, Kashmir’s transgender community members face bullying and discrimination that can last a lifetime. Now, a Supreme Court ruling and a local financial-assistance initiative suggest that the tide of public opinion may be turning.
In the remote Marwah Valley, where modern conveniences like electricity have yet to reach, people may soon get access to power from a new hydroelectric-dam project. But valley residents are resisting the plan, which they say ignores the thousands of homes that will be washed away by the project.
Global Press Journal's simulation of the Bursar dam reveals that when the dam is full, at least a dozen distinct communities are in the water's path. This graphic above shows accurate, scale topography based on satellite imagery and an accurate rendering of how the water will fill the valley when the dam is at capacity, based on the dam's height and its relationship with the valley's topography.