Public shame

Woman stripped by gang of men in India-held Kashmir

Officials in the Udhampur district of India-controlled Kashmir are investigating a brutal act: a woman who was sitting on a motorcycle was accosted by a gang of five men, one of whom is an Indian army soldier. When she resisted them, they forcefully stripped her in public, according to the Udhampur District Commissioner. A video of the incident recorded by the accused has also gone viral on India’s most popular messaging service, WhatsApp. This incident continues to highlight the tensions of Kashmir’s ownership, officially split between India and Pakistan. Many residents in region of Kashmir controlled by India favor merging with Pakistan or complete independence, as evidenced by the rise of opposing militant groups. Street protests are another avenue through which the Kashmiri public of the India-held portion demonstrate their resentment.

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