Zahid Rafiq is a journalist based in Indian Adminstered Kashmir.
Last week 20-year-old Adil Ahmed Dar rammed an SUV full of explosives into a convoy of Indian paramilitary forces in India-held Kashmir. His family paints a picture of a family man who was changed by Kashmir’s unending conflict.
Haseena's last phone call with her teen son Zahid before he died in a gun battle with Indian forces went viral when she did not stop him from the fatal fight. But she says, life in India-administered Kashmir is not as black and white.
The Indian armed forces in Kashmir have long been accused of detaining and harassing the families of militants. Now the militants are using similar tactics against the police.
The youth blinded by Indian troops quelling separatist protests in Kashmir are facing isolation. Once on the frontlines, some are now painfully aware their only lifeline might be the odd job allotted by the same government they sought to overthrow.
The Indian judiciary recently spared an army officer from prosecution for killing three civilians in Kashmir, citing a draconian law. The verdict wasn't unusual for Kashmiris, so to fill the void that justice leaves, they fall back on God.
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