A compelling feminist insight into braid-chopping incidents in Kashmir:

“Incidents of braid-chopping in Kashmir are designed to instill dread & fear into Kashmiri women & push them indoors so that they do not dare to be a part of the everyday resistance against the Indian state. Especially because Kashmiri women have been an integral part of that resistance enacted out in the streets….Braid chopping incidents have indeed occurred. I refuse to believe that this is just “hysteria” & does not involve the machinations of the Indian state occupation.”

-Heba Ahmed