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Kashmir’s Women Stone Pelters—A Dangerous Defiance

The present conflict in Kashmir has forced women to actively, directly and visibly display their defiance to the current state of affairs. Women have taken up stone pelting purely because of a few pertinent motivations like the constant violent aberrations on the ground, attacks on girls like Insha and Iqra, both of whom were blinded by pellet guns used by the security forces, the brutal attack on Pulwama college students, sexual violence perpetrated against women, incidents like Kunan–Poshpora that see no delivery of justice, the Tabinda Gani case, the Asiya–Neelofar rape and murder tragedy, and many other similar horrors. While it cannot be assumed that Kashmiri women are directly attacking patriarchy, it is certainly an outburst emanating from years of unrestrained violence and suffering that they have gone through. It is not that there are no women role models, whether it be the prolonged struggle of Parveena Ahanger, or of Yasmeena Wani—the Kulgam girl who was shot dead on 8 July 2016—women role models for Kashmiri women can be any victim, any injured woman. After all, it is the Kashmiri woman who is the worst affected because of this prolonged conflict. She is fed up—given the situation—and is displaying her resilience through the dangerous practice of stone pelting, which infers that she is scared no more.

Such a situation must be taken very seriously and dealt with ample maturity and empathy, rather than the routine violent aberrations, visionless management and the sheer pervasion of muscle power. If such a situation is not handled well and if student voices are choked, it may open yet another uncontrolled bout of violence in the valley.

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Updated On : 5th May, 2017

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