Video By: Aneesa Hamid | Text By: Sajad Rasool
‘they (Police and CRPF) broke into my house during the night and thrashed me and other family members’, Fareeda a middle-aged women narrates her ordeal as how forces vandalized her house and damaged property. Over the past several months of unrest in Kashmir Valley, nocturnal raids carried out by police at the houses of youths involved in protests has left their families terrorized.
Women in Kashmir have been facing the brunt of the ongoing conflict at individual, social and family levels. As per a report of an NGO, EHSAAS – “Women are the worst sufferers of the conflict. They are sufferers of violence by state and non-state actors. The number of rape, molestation cases, enforced disappearances and the number of half-widows, half-orphans and orphans since 1989 bear witness to the fact that women continue to suffer immensely. Violence has badly affected them physically, psychologically, socially and economically,” the report states.
The 2016 unrest saw widespread use of force against the civilians by forces, Women are often harassed during the night raids at the homes of young boys involved in ‘stone pelting’ cases.