On 22nd March, a freelance journalist, Irfan Mehraj, in Indian-occupied Kashmir was arrested by the…
Indian state violates religious freedom of the Shia community
On August 6th, the Indian state announced that it shall not permit Muharram procession, a procession that is very important to the religious life of Shia-Muslim community. The police announced that the major Muharram procession from Guru Bazar to Dal-Gate in the capital of Kashmir, Srinagar, shall not be allowed. The major Shia processions of 8th and 10th Muharram have been criminalized and banned since 1989. Since then no processions have been permitted to this date. The Indian state violates the religious freedom of Kashmiris regularly, including the outlawing of Eid and congregational prayers, the closure of mosques, and the imprisonment of religious scholars.