International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 329

Article in Press

The Effects of armed conflict on the families of slain militants in Kashmir: A Sociological Study

Asima Hassan

  •  Received: 04 January 2021
  •  Accepted: 18 February 2021
Armed conflicts have debilitating effects on all aspects of life and on all sections of society. Conflicts worldwide have complex and wide-ranging impact on people.As the fact stands, children and women have emerged as the most sufferings in the conflict situation throughout the world even in modern times.In actuality,they suffer in totatality at the individual as well as group levels. In a paper entitled ‘Promoting well being among Children Affected by Armed Conflict and Displacement published by ‘Save the Children Foundation’ (SCF){U.S.A,1997}, it was revealed that in a conflict situation, 80-90 percent of the victims are civilians, most of them children and women. In reality, continuous conflict situation engulfs these weak and dependent beings wholly, which sharply reflects in their life-living conditions. Like in other countries of the world, armed conflict in Kashmir, which erupted in late 1980’s had a devastating impact on the civilian population, particularly women and children. In present study the families of slain militants represent an extremely suffering group in present-day Kashmir, which has emerged mainly due to the armed conflict between the Kashmiri militants and Indian security forces from 1989 onwards. Official figures reveal that more than 50 percent of the people killed in Kashmir in the last more than three decades were militants . In this study, the researcher carried out complete profiles of 100 families of slain militants who died in the last 30-years of insurgency, through random sampling. The respondents were selected from various districts of Kashmir division. The present study depicts miserable and pathetic condition of their families, worst economic conditions; educational backwardness, social disorganization and social disorder that help understand nuances and leftover of destruction on these families.

Keywords: Armed Conflict, Kashmir widows, orphans, militants, families, Kashmir Valley