Features

Feature: Blinded by metal pellets, youth recounts Muharram procession horror

(By Umer Asif) Sitting on a hospital bed in Srinagar with his right eye shut, 23-year-old Shahnawaz Hussain is now half-blind. But he can recall the evening of Tuesday, when a lead pellet hit his eye, turning his world black. His face has several pellet marks as a policeman had …

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Feature: He could be next Stan Swamy: UAPA prisoner’s life-threatening ailment remains untreated

(Rushda Fathima Khan) “We witnessed the passing away of Father Stan Swamy in custody. Now, Atiq Ur Rahman, a student leader suffering from a serious heart condition face negligence  even in the midst of a life-threatening disease, reveals failure of our democratic society as well as the rule of law,” …

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Feature: How UAPA abuse is affecting women’s aspirations in Kashmir

 When she chose to pursue a career in journalism, Sajida Yousuf knew being a journalist was never meant to be easy in Kashmir. The 23-year-old Srinagar resident finished her master’s in journalism from the University of Kashmir in 2019 and subsequently started working as a reporter with a local news …

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Feature: ‘They vowed to kill him’: of motherhood and trauma of bloodied 2016

Zenaira Bakhsh When Irfan Fayaz Wani’s family was shifting to a new home in Srinagar’s Eidgah, his mother, Rafeeqa was reluctant. For the last five years, Rafeeqa has lived off the memories of how Irfan came of age in their modest downtown home, and then his funeral. When everyone left, …

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