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Photos: Night raids, arrests against Kashmir lock |



Srinagar, governed by India, Kashmir The Himalayan region of disputed Kashmir, one of the most militarized regions in the world, is claimed by both India and Pakistan, which administer parts of it.

On August 5, India withdrew the partial autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state with a majority of Muslims into two territories to be controlled by the federal government.

An additional 35,000 paramilitary troops, more than 700,000 already deployed in the region, were flown to the Kashmir valley prior to their departure.

The unprecedented moves were justified as facilitating development in a troubled region where a popular movement for independence from Indian rule or a merger with Pakistan was developing. for decades.

In the weeks since Kashmir's imprisonment, hundreds of elected politicians, activists and trade unionists have been imprisoned or placed under "house arrest". Thousands of young men, including minors, were arrested at night by police, many being transported to prisons outside the state.

Despite criticism from human rights organizations, India says its actions are legal under strict emergency laws in

The photos here show the effects of violent disappearances of young men on their families and how communities in Kashmir respond – and resist of repression.


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