When there is violence in society, women feel its impact first. But this impact is ignored, their needs marginalized and their security undermined. In this paper an effort is made to explore the vulnerabilities of Kashmiri women who lack the much needed conditions of survival that is security which is but the responsibility of the state. The paper explores how the lack of adequate protection adversely affect their empowerment in all spheres of life and suggest a way forward for the state to consider to ensure that women are empowered politically, economically and represented adequately at all levels of decision-making. I argue that it is imperative that the government, both at the centre and in the state, realize the importance of creating stakes for the population in Jammu and Kashmir to end the violence and discontent. It is important to invest in the human capital through policies of education, development and accountability. The policy that the government is expected to follow should have zero tolerance on human rights violations; have a reconciliation approach opening a new tradition of governance.
|Keywords:||Kasmir, Conflict, Women, Security, Rape, Accountability|
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Jammu, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
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