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Srinagar: It was around 7 in the evening of March 20, when 17-year-old Saima (name changed) was returning home from pastures of Samba to feed her livestock. She was accompanied by her father, mother and her elder brother. The family was enjoying the evening ride along with their livestock until Saima was stopped by three unknown people who allegedly molested her and used racial slurs against her. After the intervention of her father and brother,…

Lack of healthcare, proper nutrition, increasing prevalence of NCDs Srinagar: The routine life for Fatima (name-changed), a 45-year-old Gujjar woman from Kupwara district of North Kashmir became highly taxing after she found herself complaining of increased thirst and urination. The doctor at the peripheral hospital prescribed her some analgesic and antiemetic drugs, but to no avail. Last week, she developed searing stomach pain and recurrent bouts of vomiting. Following this, she was rushed to SMHS…

Budgam: The Jammu and Kashmir Forest Department chopped down hundreds of apple trees in Kanidajan and its adjacent areas in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, residents of the area said. A few days back, Forest Department issued notices, accusing the affected orchardists of encroaching forest land, the residents including some tribals said. “After serving the notices, the Forest Department not only chopped down hundreds of apple trees but also razed some dhokas (residential huts),” they said.…

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Administration has started demolishing temporary Kaccha houses of Gujjar and Bakarwal tribes in Kashmir’s Pahalgam area. Gujjars and Barkarwals who stay in Kashmir for six months in the summer season, have already migrated to areas of Jammu leaving behind their temporary structures here. On Friday a video was shared on a social media platform showing a Gujjar Kotha (temporary structure) being demolished by the forest authorities. The video has evoked…

Rajasthan: As protests over reservation of jobs and education by members of the Gujjar community continue in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur, more than a dozen trains have been diverted on the Delhi-Mumbai Railway line and the state has temporarily discontinued its bus service on the Agra-Jaipur route as a precaution measure. Quoting officials, a report by NDTV said that some members of the Gujjar community have “occupied” railway tracks in Bharatpur where they’re protesting to seek reservation…