This week, “KASHMIR” in ALJAZEERA, DAWN, REUTERS, WORLD BULLETIN and DECCAN CRONICLE

The dilemma of Kashmir’s half-widows

Most 'half-widows' cannot remarry for four years under Islamic jurisprudence [Abid Bhat/ Al Jazeera]
Most ‘half-widows’ cannot remarry for four years under Islamic jurisprudence [Abid Bhat/ Al Jazeera]

Decked by thick deodar forests, terraced corn fields, apple orchards and jagged mountains, the hamlet of Dardpora tucked in the northern rim of Indian-administered Kashmir looks idyllic.

But scratch a little deeper and the wounds of decades of conflict sweeping across the region open up when its 300-odd widows and ‘half widows’ (women whose husbands have disappeared but not yet been declared deceased) describe the pain of losing their husbands in course of the ongoing rebellion. More on ALJAZEERA

India ends Kashmir operation

“I have given directions to call off the concerted search operation,” Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra, a senior commander, told reporters after a visit to the Line of Control (LoC). — Photo by AFP
“I have given directions to call off the concerted search operation,” Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra, a senior commander, told reporters after a visit to the Line of Control (LoC). — Photo by AFP

“I have given directions to call off the concerted search operation,” Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra, a senior commander, told reporters after a visit to the Line of Control (LoC).

The general said that 59 heavy weapons had been recovered from the Keran area of India-held Kashmir, along with a large amount of ammunition and rations. More on DAWN

India says Pakistan army backing Kashmir incursions

Indian army soldiers stand behind a display of seized arms and ammunition at a garrison in Srinagar, October 7, 2013.
Indian army soldiers stand behind a display of seized arms and ammunition at a garrison in Srinagar, October 7, 2013.

Army chief General Bikram Singh’s remarks were the first direct allegation against Pakistan since the heavily-armed fighters crossed the Line of Control in Kashmir last month in a setback for a government already seen as soft and indecisive.

The men were holed up in an abandoned village in the Keran sector for nearly a fortnight, an Indian army source earlier told Reuters. That prompted comparisons with the Kargil conflict further north in 1999, when hundreds of Pakistan-backed irregular troops occupied bunkers along a vast swath of the frontier. More on REUTERS

Kashmir’s silent rape victims

Number of cases of sexual violence against women by members of the Indian armed forces is much higher than those by resistance militants over the two decade conflict
Number of cases of sexual violence against women by members of the Indian armed forces is much higher than those by resistance militants over the two decade conflict

The government of Indian-held-Kashmir (IHK) has admitted to registering more than 5,000 cases of rape and some 15,000 cases of molestation of women since 1989, when the armed rebellion against Indian rule began.

“Some 5,125 cases of rape and 14,953 cases of molestation have been reported across the state’s hundreds of police stations in the last 24 years,” Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah told the state legislative assembly on Tuesday. More on WORLD BULLETIN

Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker tosummon Gen V.K. Singh over payoff remark

Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Mubarak Gul on Wednesday said he will summon former Army Chief V K Singh to explain his position on his controversial statement about payoffs to politicians in the state.
Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Mubarak Gul on Wednesday said he will summon former Army Chief V K Singh to explain his position on his controversial statement about payoffs to politicians in the state.

“I will summon him (Singh) very soon,” Gul said amidst uproar in the Assembly, which saw Opposition PDP storming the well of the House and demanding the Speaker set a time-frame for it.

The Speaker refused to spell out the time-frame for summoning Gen Singh, who had alleged that money was being paid to ministers in Jammu and Kashmir for getting certain jobs done, saying the proper procedure will be followed. More on DECCAN CRONICLE