KASHMIR - a surge in the valley, India / 2016
Kashmir has been divided between Indian and Pakistan since the two gained independence from British rule in 1947. Since then, people in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian-administered Kashmir, have fought Indian administration demanding independence for the region and their human rights. Now in Kashmir, however, many civilians say it is the worst situation as never before and the situations are changing so rapidly that no one can predict what will happen hereafter. On 8 July, Burhan Wani, who was a militant commander of the Kashmir-based Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed by Indian security forces. After his killing, anti-Indian protests started in almost all region of the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley and protestors have clashed with Indian paramilitary forces and security polices. The Indian government have imposed curfew and restriction in many area of Kashmir valley, and Indian forces also have used tear gas shells, pellet guns, as well as live ammunitions to protestors for suppression. Over 80 people were killed and ten thousands people were wounded in the unrest for two months after the Burhan’s death.