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Waiting in Limbo: Kashmir’s Half-Widow

Waiting in Limbo: Kashmir’s Half-Widow
by Wei Tan


Shamla Begum’s husband, Fathiq Nagar, was 37 years old when he was taken by strangers on his way to Baramulla, the nearest town to their village. The violence of Kashmir’s armed conflict has given rise to a category of women known as “half-widows”, whose husbands have ‘disappeared’ during the decades-long conflict.