In the conflict ridden valley of Kashmir, they’re called the half-widows. For many years, their husband have disappeared, sometimes without leaving a trace, sometimes arrested without any proof by the Indian army, which never released them or gave any news of their whereabouts. These women suffer both from the depression of a mourning that never really took place and from poverty, depending mostly on the charity of their family or neighbours. Too often, they either had to pull their children out of school to get them to work and help support the family or simply could not pay for school and can’t help their children to get an education.
Completely left out by the Indian authorities, the “half-widows” have lost their hopes for a better life.
[published in Sept, June 2015]