Kashmir: how conflict and stigma are creating a mental health crisis
Kashmir Updates - Joe Wallen - May 16, 2019
The embattled district of Shopian in the south of Kashmir is at breaking point. An unknown gunman has shot and injured a local politician in the village of Chitragam. He is the third politician shot this week in Shopian district alone.
Earlier that day, streets across the region were filled with thousands of protesters demanding the death penalty for the man who raped a three-year-old girl.
And the past week has also seen the return of shelling between Indian and Pakistani forces in Kashmir, with civilians reportedly injured.
Such violence – not unusual in this conflict-riven part of India – is at the root of why the contested province of Jammu and Kashmir, as it is officially known, is in the grip of a mental health crisis.