Kashmiri police officials report that last Friday a young pregnant woman named Firdousa in the Pulwama district was killed in crossfire when Indian paramilitary troops (44 Rashtriya Rifles) returned fire on four militants who were also killed. How credible is it that a handful of militants, out of less than two hundred in the whole country, were conducting a guerrilla action against nearly a million Indian troops, most of them counterinsurgency? A thorough forensics investigation by Kashmiri medical personnel, which will not be forthcoming, is required to persuade us that this is actually how the young woman was killed by Indian troops.