Through the lense

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BILAL BAHADUR

Travelling through various areas of district Baramulla and Bandipora was an amazing experience for me. It was more of learning than showing my expertise in capturing unknown lands and faces. Until now, I was fascinated by the serene beauty of Kashmir but when I went out to explore unknown, I was taken aback after seeing the plight of people in these areas. Since past 23 years of armed conflict, things have changed, some for good and some for bad. The years of turmoil have wreck havoc to all alike but they say, in conflict women become the first casualty and same happened in Kashmir. Women folk in Kashmir bore the brunt of conflict. It is no more a secret now that women are the worst hit since 23 years of turmoil.

The world is fast changing. We, homo sapiens are in 21st century, celebrate human creativity in all forms, yet women in Kashmir are still in stone age. My heart went out and out after seeing the predicament of women in rural Kashmir. In this age of Aqua guard, women in Kashmir travel miles to draw water from polluted rivulets, collect firewood to lighten up their heath and hearth.

Despite government announcements, development is a clich?. When humans have overcome energy crisis, rural Kashmir reels under darkness, apathy and dwindle under poverty.

My aim as a lense man is to explore these unidentified lands and unheard voices, highlight their plight and garner support for their well-being. And this photo-feature is an attempt in this direction.

 

Braving the odds: These women cross turbulent water currents while ferrying firewood on their shoulders in north Kashmir

Braving the odds: These women cross turbulent water currents while ferrying firewood on their shoulders in north Kashmir

 

All Smiles: A group of young woman ferrying fire wood on their shoulders in north Kashmir. Keeping harsh winters in view, these women stock essential commodities like kerosene and Gas

All Smiles: A group of young woman ferrying fire wood on their shoulders in north Kashmir. Keeping harsh winters in view, these women stock essential commodities like kerosene and Gas

woman ferrying fire wood on their shoulders in north kashmirs.bereft essential commadities like kerosine and Lpg,these dwellers are holi solly dependent on fire wood for cooking. heating and lighting purpse

woman ferrying fire wood on their shoulders in north kashmirs.bereft essential commadities like kerosine and Lpg,these dwellers are holi solly dependent on fire wood for cooking. heating and lighting purpse

a group of woman ferrying fire wood on their shoulders in north kashmirs.bereft essential commadities like kerosine and Lpg,these dwellers are holi solly dependent on fire wood for cooking. heating and lighting purpose

a group of woman ferrying fire wood on their shoulders in north kashmirs.bereft essential commadities like kerosine and Lpg,these dwellers are holi solly dependent on fire wood for cooking. heating and lighting purpose

Women (Nomads) along with their live stock walk past at Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. These women share equal responsibilities with their men to earn their livelihood through rearing and selling live stock

Women (Nomads) along with their live stock walk past at Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. These women share equal responsibilities with their men to earn their livelihood through rearing and selling live stock

woman ferrying fire wood on their shoulders in north kashmirs.bereft essential commadities like kerosine and Lpg,these dwellers are holi solly dependent on fire wood for cooking.  heating and lighting  purpse

woman ferrying fire wood on their shoulders in north kashmirs.bereft essential commadities like kerosine and Lpg,these dwellers are holi solly dependent on fire wood for cooking. heating and lighting purpse

Shameema, a budding entrepreneur sell raw material, Pashmina (Fumb) to the female customers at her shop in north Kashmir. She sells cosmetic products as well at her shop

Shameema, a budding entrepreneur sell raw material, Pashmina (Fumb) to the female customers at her shop in north Kashmir. She sells cosmetic products as well at her shop

a group of women yarning pashmina (FUMB) in a remote village of baramulla district .majority of women yarns pashmina to earn peanut amount to support their respective families

a group of women yarning pashmina (FUMB) in a remote village of baramulla district .majority of women yarns pashmina to earn peanut amount to support their respective families

lost hope? elderly fisher women standing on the window of his dilapidated house in narayan bagh area of bandipora district

lost hope? elderly fisher women standing on the window of his dilapidated house in narayan bagh area of bandipora district

A fishwife selling fish in a bussy market of Srinagar district fishing is the sole source of income of this community

A fishwife selling fish in a bussy market of Srinagar district fishing is the sole source of income of this community

Bilal Bhadur is currently Media Fellow with Indo-Global Social Service Society’s (IGSSS) Media Fellowship Programme under European Union’s EIDHR project jointly implemented with Welthungerhife in J & K. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect views of European Union, Welthungerhilfe and Indo Global Social Service Society.

3 Comments

  1. I really appreciate your hard work, it shows how women in Kashmir support their families and face challenges in daily life and never give up …

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