Kashmir's tragedy lies not in bloodshed but in ruined lives, hard future

A wounded Kashmiri boy, displays his damaged eye as he lies on a hospital bed after being hit by pellets fired by Indian security forces during a protest, at a hospital in Srinagar on July 13, 2016. Hospitals in Kashmir are overwhelmed, with hundreds of wounded patients pouring in as the region reels from days of clashes between anti-India protesters and government troops.

A wounded Kashmiri boy displays his damaged eye as he lies on a hospital bed in Srinagar. The boy was hit by pellets fired by Indian security forces during a protest.

Five year-old Zohra Zahoor, who has pellet wounds in her legs, forehead and abdomen, sleeps on a hospital bed as her aunt Naseema Jan looks on, at a hospital in Srinagar on July 13, 2016. According to Naseema Jan, pellets were fired from a police vechile at members of the family as they stood outside their home. Hospitals in Kashmir are overwhelmed, with hundreds of wounded patients pouring in as the region reels from days of clashes between anti-India protesters and government troops.

Five year-old Zohra Zahoor has pellet wounds in her legs, forehead and abdomen. According to her aunt, Naseema Jan, pellets were fired from a police vehicle at members of the family when they stood outside their home on Wednesday.

A wounded Kashmiri boy, displays his damaged eye as he lies on a hospital bed after being hit by pellets fired by Indian security forces during a protest, at a hospital in Srinagar on July 13, 2016. Hospitals in Kashmir are overwhelmed, with hundreds of wounded patients pouring in as the region reels from days of clashes between anti-India protesters and government troops.

Hospitals in Kashmir are overwhelmed, with hundreds of wounded patients pouring in every day.

A wounded Kashmiri muslim lies on a bed, after being hit by pellets during a protest, at a hospital in Srinagar on July 13, 2016. Hospitals in Kashmir are overwhelmed, with hundreds of wounded patients pouring in as the region reels from days of clashes between anti-India protesters and government troops.

The Kashmir Valley is reeling from days of clashes between anti-India protesters and government troops.

A wounded Kashmiri boy, with an injured eye, lies on a hospital bed after being hit by pellets fired by Indian security forces during a protest, at a hospital in Srinagar on July 13, 2016. Hospitals in Kashmir are overwhelmed, with hundreds of wounded patients pouring in as the region reels from days of clashes between anti-India protesters and government troops.

The protests have been raging since the last one week, ever since Hizbul Mujahideen chief Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter on 8 July.

A Kashmiri boy lies on a hospital bed after being hit by pellets fired by Indian security forces during a protest, at a hospital in Srinagar on July 13, 2016. Hospitals in Kashmir are overwhelmed, with hundreds of wounded patients pouring in as the region reels from days of clashes between anti-India protesters and government troops.

Over 37 lives have been lost, while strict curfew has been in place for six days. Thousands of local Kashmiri youth, however, are defying orders to continue the fight.

A wounded Kashmiri muslim lies on a hospital bed after being hit by pellets fired by Indian security forces during a protest, at a hospital in Srinagar on July 13, 2016. Hospitals in Kashmir are overwhelmed, with hundreds of wounded patients pouring in as the region reels from days of clashes between anti-India protesters and government troops.

The Hizbul Mujahideen has since appointed 21-year-old Mehmood Ghaznavi as its new leader, who is expected to continue the militant organisation's Jihad forward.


Updated Date: Jul 14, 2016 17:35 PM

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