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After girl’s rape and killing, fear engulfs Muslim nomads

The nomadic relatives of an eight-year-old murdered rape victim say their community has been engulfed by uncertainty.

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A student in Srinagar protests against the rape of the eight-year-old girl [Danish Ismail/Reuters]

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – For Amjad Ali, a Muslim nomad, this year’s migratory journey from Jammu towards the mountains of Kashmir is going to be longer than usual.

Each year, the 40-year-old and other members of his Bakarwal community typically leave their houses in Rasana and adjoining villages in Indian-administered Kashmir in mid-May.

Their destination is the green pastures of the mountainous region where they graze cattle during the summer months.

This time however, Ali says their journey started early, “out of fear”.

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