AP Photos: Indian lockdown upends Kashmir children's lives

In this Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, photo, 6-year-old Muneefa Nazir, a Kashmiri girl whose right eye was hit by a marble ball shot allegedly by Indian Paramilitary soldiers on Aug. 12, stands outside her home in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. As the disputed Himalayan region continues to reel under this unprecedented lockdown, the children of the region have been the most affected. As the crisis has upended education of millions in the region, many students in India-controlled Kashmir also find themselves caught up in the street violence. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, photo, a Kashmiri boy stands with his bicycle as sheets cover windows of residential houses to protect them from stone-throwing, during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. As the disputed Himalayan region continues to reel under this unprecedented lockdown, the children of the region have been the most affected. ( AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, photo, a man feeds a child outside a closed shop during curfew hours in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. As the disputed Himalayan region continues to reel under this unprecedented lockdown, the children of the region have been the most affected. Although some restrictions have been eased in the main city of Srinagar, schools in the region continue to remain closed. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
FILE- In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, Muslim boys offer Friday prayers at the doorway of a local mosque in an alley during curfew-like restrictions in Srinagar. As the disputed Himalayan region continues to reel under this unprecedented lockdown, the children of the region have been the most affected. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan, file)
In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo, children study inside a local mosque building during free coaching classes by locals in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Kashmir's children have found refuge in makeshift schools amid the lockdown as dozens of ad hoc learning centers have popped up in homes and religious centers, and hundreds of students have signed up. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, photo, a school building stands isolated during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. As the disputed Himalayan region continues to reel under this unprecedented lockdown, the children of the region have been the most affected. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, photo, children play in the garden of their home during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. As the disputed Himalayan region continues to reel under this unprecedented lockdown, the children of the region have been the most affected. Reports from the region also suggest that children, some as young as 14, have been injured in the government forces’ action. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, photo, Kashmiri children leave a local mosque building as they attend free coaching classes by locals during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Children here have found refuge in makeshift schools amid the lockdown as dozens of ad hoc learning centers have popped up in homes and religious centers, and hundreds of students have signed up. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, photo, children play carom board as an Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard at a closed market area in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. As the disputed Himalayan region continues to reel under this unprecedented lockdown, the children of the region have been the most affected. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, photo, a classroom stands empty at a school in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Kashmir's children have found refuge in makeshift schools amid the lockdown as dozens of ad hoc learning centers have popped up in homes and religious centers, and hundreds of students have signed up. The authorities earlier encouraged students to return to school but parents have largely remained unwilling to send their kids to educational institutes due to the restrictions in place. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
FILE- In this Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, file photo, a man walks with a child past an Indian paramilitary soldier standing guard during restrictions ahead of Friday prayers in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. As the disputed Himalayan region continues to reel under an unprecedented lockdown, the children of the region have been the most affected. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan, file)
In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo, children study inside a local mosque building during free coaching classes by locals in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Kashmir's children have found refuge in makeshift schools amid the lockdown as dozens of ad hoc learning centers have popped up in homes and religious centers, and hundreds of students have signed up. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
FILE- In this Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, file photo, a child watches a protest from the window of a shrine in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. As the disputed Himalayan region continues to reel under this unprecedented lockdown, the children of the region have been the most affected. Although some restrictions have been eased in the main city of Srinagar, schools in the region continue to remain closed. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan, file)
In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo, an elderly Kashmiri man carries a child on his shoulders at a closed market in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. As the disputed Himalayan region continues to reel under this unprecedented lockdown, the children of the region have been the most affected. Although some restrictions have been eased in the main city of Srinagar, schools in the region continue to remain closed. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, photo, a Kashmiri child flies a kite outside his home in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. As the disputed Himalayan region continues to reel under this unprecedented lockdown, the children of the region have been the most affected. Reports from the region also suggest that children, some as young as 14, have been injured in the government forces’ action. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

SRINAGAR, India — As India-controlled Kashmir reels under an unprecedented lockdown, children remain the most affected. The crisis has upended the education of millions of children in the disputed Himalayan region, and many have been caught up in street violence.

Frustration, anger and fear have been growing in Kashmir since Aug. 5, when the Hindu nationalist-led government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped the region of its semi-autonomous status and imposed a curfew and a communications blackout.

The government deployed thousands of troops to the already heavily militarized region to quell potential dissent. It also cut off internet access, put politicians under house arrest and shut down schools.

Although some restrictions have been eased in the main city of Srinagar, schools in the region remain closed.

The authorities encouraged students to return to school but parents have largely been unwilling to send their children back because of the restrictions that remain in place.

Instead, hundreds of children have found refuge in dozens of makeshift schools that have popped up in homes and religious centers.

Reports from the region also suggest that children — some as young as 14 — have been injured in actions by government forces.

Authorities have detained scores of teenagers to prevent them from joining or organizing new protests.

On Sept. 20, the Supreme Court directed the Jammu and Kashmir High Court's Juvenile Justice Committee to investigate allegations of illegal detention of children by security forces.

Nobel Prize laureate and Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai has urged the U.N. to help Kashmiri children return to school.

The Kashmir region is also claimed by Pakistan and is divided between the two nuclear-armed neighbors by a heavily militarized Line of Control.

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