Kashmiri Woman Held For Stone Throwing

By: AP
By: AP

SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir have arrested a young woman for allegedly throwing stones at government forces during anti-India protests two years ago. She has been charged with attempted murder.

Police officer Ramesh Jalla says Zahida Akhtar was arrested on Friday in southern town of Anantnag and also is charged with instigating protests.

In 2010, Kashmir witnessed some of the largest protests against Indian rule that left at least 112 people dead in firing by government forces.

Police have arrested over 5,000 people since then, but freed most of them.

Adil Ahmed Dar, Akhtar's brother, denied the police claim and said his sister was hit by a police bullet and had to drop out of school.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, and it is claimed by both countries.


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