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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.