What you need to know about the current crisis in Kashmir


The situation in Indian-administered Kashmir has worsened in recent weeks. Eighty-two people have people killed in clashes with Indian security forces, while thousands of civilians have been injured.

Why the unrest though?
Kashmir’s summer of discontent was stirred by the killing of a popular militant, Burhan Wani on 8 July. His killing, which came during a gunfight with Indian soldiers, inspired a new wave of protests and acts of civil unrest across the region. Protesters have called for strikes and stay-aways in protest of the Indian occupation.

What do the protesters want?
Protesters are demanding the right to self-determination. Some want independence for the region, others want a merger with Pakistan. The history of the conflict can be traced back to 1947 when the region was divided between India and Pakistan upon independence from Great Britain. Both India and Pakistan claim the territory in full. And several rebel groups have been at war with the Indian military for years now.

How has the Indian military responded?
There are currently around 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the territory. When the current wave of protests broke out, Indian security personnel shot pellets and live ammunition at protesters. The use of pellet guns has been severely criticised for blinding hundreds of youth and causing organ ruptures when shot multiple times.

So, what happened this week?
Protests continue against the presence of the Indian military in the region. In an effort to quell further protests, the Indian government shut down internet services and mobile telephone networks, as well as calling the army into civilian areas to combat protests and impose restrictions.

Al Jazeera reports that authorities did not allow congregational Eid prayers in Kashmir’s main mosques or at Eid prayer grounds, but prayers were held by people in small neighbourhood mosques. Riffat Fareed tells The Daily Vox that some people have been unable to visit their family members in different parts of Kashmir.

According to the BBC, the Indian state says the Eid shutdown was to stop plans by separatists to march to the UN observers’ office in Srinagar.

Why isn’t more information coming out?
Fareed says the blackout has been imposed by the government so that no news comes out of Kashmir. Activists say that Facebook posts and pages in support of Kashmir in India are being deleted. One page that has emerged is Teach me how to write Azadi. Facebook and Twitter have been shut down, even for some media houses inside the territory.

Featured image by Eeshan Peer


  1. The Kashmir Genocide

    The Hindoo Military and Para Military regularly rape and kill Kashmiri women.In fact the Hindoos are known to cut off teh breasts and tear out the ovaries of the Kashmiri women so that they cannot feed their kids !

    Even the Nazis did not do this ! They just gassed the hapless Jews !

    People talk of ISIS and the Yazidis ! But that is nothing !


    What will the Hindoos do the Kashmiri women ?


    The Rapes of Krishna

    · Linga Purana section 1.69.82 “The excessively strong one, of unequalled exploit, Krsna took up sixteen thousand one hundred girls for his own pleasure.”

    · Srimad Bhagavatam 10.58.58 Lord Krishna “also acquired thousands of other wives”, equal to these when He killed Bhaumasura and freed the beautiful maidens the demon was holding captive.”

    · Srimad Bhagavatam 10.58.31 My dear King, Lord Krishna”forcibly took away” Princess Mitravin da, the daughter of His aunt Rajadhidevi, before the eyes of the rival kings.

    Forcing women of enemy soldiers to become prostitutes

    · Matsya Purana 71.26-30 ”Once upon a time thousands and thousands of the demons (Danavas, Asuras, Daityas and Raksasas) were killed in the war between the Devas and the demons.

    o Indra told their “numberless widows and those women” who were “forcibly seized and enjoyed”, to “lead the life of prostitutes” and remain devoted to the kings and the Devas.

    o Indra continued, You should look upon, with equal eye, the kings your masters and on Sudra. All of you will attain prosperity, according to your fate. “You should satisfy those who would come to you with adequate sum of money”, to enjoy your company, even if they be poor.

    Sex Slaves

    · Matsya Purana 71.44-45 ”That Brahmana should be well fed and be devoutly looked upon as cupid,for the sake of sexual enjoyment. Each and every desire of that Brahmana should be satisfied by the woman devotee. She should, with all heart and soul and with a smile on her face, yield herself up to him.”

    · Mahabharata 1.102 ”Bhishma cut off, with his arrows, on the field of battle, bows, and flagstaffs, and coats of mail, and human heads by hundreds and thousands…Then that foremost of all wielders of weapons having vanquished in battle all those monarchs, pursued his way towards the capital of the Bharatas, taking those maidens with him.”

    · Mahabharata 13.44 says that bridegroom may forcibly take away the girl he likes to “marry even after killing or beheading the girl’s kinsmen” and Manu Smriti 3.33 says that sometimes the girl forcibly taken away may cry and weep and this is permitted in Mahabharata 1.73.

    · Narada Smriti 12.78 Intercourse is permitted with a wanton woman, who belongs to another than the Brahman caste, or a prostitute, or a female slave, or a female not restrained by her master (nishakasini), if these women belong to a lower caste than oneself; “but with a woman of superior caste, intercourse is prohibited”

    · Agni Purana 211.37-43 ”…By making the “gift of a female slave” to one of the foremost of the Brahmanas, a man becomes an inmate of the region of the Apasaras (nymphs)…”

    · Agni Purana 223.23-29 ”…Duties payable on “importing female slaves” into the country should be determined with a due regard to the country imported from and the time of the import.

    · Mahabharata 4.72 …And Krishna gave unto each of the illustrious sons of Pandu “numerous female slaves”, and gems and robes…


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