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In Kashmir, More Brides Being Burned

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: Human Rights

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.

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In a Kashmir Valley, a Massive Dam Threatens to Wash Away Lives

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: Human Rights

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.

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Lured by Promise of Jobs, Girls Trafficked to Kashmir Face Forced Marriage Instead

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: Human Rights

Nearly a fifth of India’s reported human trafficking cases originate in West Bengal, and an established route takes girls from that state to Kashmir, where they face forced marriage. One such woman, Afsana, describes the deception that brought her to Kashmir and left her with no way out.

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As Turmoil Rips Kashmir, “Curfew Schools” Take the Place of Closed-Down Institutions

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: EducationHuman RightsPolitics

Amid pro-independence protests, violence and a curfew imposed by Indian police and other forces, dozens of “curfew schools,” equipped with borrowed or donated furniture and materials, are replacing regular schools that have been shuttered since early July. In community centers, mosques and private homes, volunteers — both experienced teachers and educated young people — instruct students.

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Featured Photo: Indian-administered Kashmir: Curfew

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Q&A: Kashmiri Independence Leader Touts Protests, Though Sometimes Deadly, As Effective in Freedom Movement

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Women Entrepreneurs Move Away from Traditional Occupations in Kashmir

Region: AsiaIndian-administered Kashmir

Topics: BusinessCultureHuman Rights

In Kashmir, entrepreneurship is no longer a male-only domain. More women are training for and starting their own businesses. Despite social pressures, they’re moving away from conventional professions and braving competitive and financially risky fields.

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Transgender Women in the Kashmir Valley Dream of a Day When Society Honors Their Identity and Rights

Region: AsiaIndian-administered Kashmir

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

A 2013 Indian Supreme Court verdict criminalizing homosexual conduct has further marginalized the transgender population here.

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Coping With Mental Illness, Two Kashmiri Women Explore Effectiveness of Spiritual, Psychiatric Treatment Paths

Region: AsiaIndian-administered Kashmir

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

While Kashmiris afflicted with illnesses such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder have the option of seeking help from faith healers or mental health professionals, the stigma associated with mental illness deters many from getting psychiatric care.

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Kashmiri Activist Transforms Community View on Education

Region: AsiaIndian-administered Kashmir

Topics: EducationHuman Rights

A Kashmiri woman has worked to increase the literacy rate of women and raise girls’ participation in education in her neighborhood despite fierce opposition from local men.

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