This woman is older than the Indian state. At age 108, India is evicting her from her home.

Zooni Begum at her village in central Kashmir’s Budgam (Photo Credit: Stand with Kashmir).
Zooni Begum, 108 (Photo Credit: Stand with Kashmir)

The government claims that more than 63,000 people are illegally occupying 15,000 hectares of forest land in Kashmir. Earlier this year, the government demolished more than a dozen huts of a tribal community as part of the eviction program. Also in the Budgam area, locals in Kanidajan village reported the government chopping 10,000 apple trees in an attempt to remove residents.

“We don’t want that every time our children have to fight to prove that they belong here,” she said. “The government should stop harassing us and let us live.”

Photo Credit: Stand with Kashmir

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SWK is a Kashmiri diaspora-led international solidarity movement that seeks to end the Indian occupation and support the right to self-determination.

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SWK is a Kashmiri diaspora-led international solidarity movement that seeks to end the Indian occupation and support the right to self-determination.

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