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Baseera Rafiqi
Posted December 25, 2020 from India

Understanding violence

Coming from a very educated family violence to me had a different meaning as I never faced any, until I grew up and had public dealing on daily basis. My idea of violence had clear cut definition, guns, bomb, deaths, and bloodshed bracket closed.

The world around me changed all of a sudden when I started reporting in Kashmir, everyone warned me against it but I barely anticipated its consequences. With every story about violence I came to unfold a new chapter to crimes against women in the shape of rapes, acid attacks, domestic violence, and molestation.

I had to think thousand times before filing a story about its social repercussions. Certain themes aren’t taken in good taste in a society like Kashmir, so to do a story you really had to shut yourself up and turn a blind eye to the feedback.

Having said that, I didn’t stop here, I reported on gender issues throughout these past six years. It may have no immediate impact but I have made the ball rolling and will keep on doing my bit to raise the issue.

Professionally I may have lost contacts, good projects but I will keep on doing my bit.

 

 

 

This story was submitted in response to Gender-Based Violence.

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Tamarack Verrall
Dec 25, 2020
Dec 25, 2020

Dear Baseera,
How good to hear from you dear sister. A reminder to us all how difficult and dangerous it is daily for women living in areas of conflict and war. And what courage it takes as a woman journalist to continue to write about the reality, including the ongoing violence toward women and girls, for which we are expected to remain silent. As you describe, your continuing to report on the truth means forfeiting good prospects money wise and reputation wise. I hope that you feel the support of this sisterhood for your important work. We need to continue to find ways to lift the voices of women brave, like you, and also find ways to support you and create the needed change together.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Paulina Nayra
Dec 26, 2020
Dec 26, 2020

Dear Baseera,
You are a fine example of a mission-driven person, one who works not to get admiration and assent from people but to let them know the truth of what’s happening in kashmir.
May your tribe increase.

Huggs.

leila Kigha
Dec 27, 2020
Dec 27, 2020

Dear Baseera,
The price to pay for the change we seek is sometimes very high but when we look at the legacy we leave for the generation to come, we are more than willing to play our part so the world can be a better place for our children! Thank You for shinning the light on these pertinent issues!

Beth Lacey
Dec 28, 2020
Dec 28, 2020

You are a very strong woman

Nini Mappo
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Hello Baseera,
I hope that your continued journalistic boldness will bring healing and recompense to the women of Kashmir one day. Good on you for staying the course, and sticking to life-building truth, not profit. May God honour you for your faithfulness to these women whom you serve through your stories.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Dear Baseera,

Welcome back to World Pulse! How are you doing, dear? How courageous of you to report about the incidents in Kashmir. We have a World Pulse sister who used to be sharing about Kashmir here. I hope you, too, can be connected and probably you can learn more about her family's situation.

Stay courageous and strong, dear sister! May your 2021 be filled with love, joy, peace, grace, and abundance!