The Rio Norte Line

Tolerance and understanding is on display in Muslim Kashmir:

Kashmir women ordered to cover up or risk acid attack

A pro-al-Qaeda group in Kashmir has warned women it will kill them or disfigure their faces with acid if they are seen unveiled or using their mobile phones in public.

The threat has sown fear throughout India’s Jammu and Kashmir state where it revives memories of a similar campaign in 2001 when several women were attacked with acid.

The warning comes amid growing concern in India about the number of acid attacks on women and fears in Kashmir that the practice, which is prevalent in neighbouring Pakistan, is being exported across the border.

In both India and neighbouring Muslim countries it has been used in assaults against women who have refused marriage proposals or been accused of slighting the ‘honour’ of relatives or rejected suitors.

Police and women’s groups in…

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