The Encyclopedia of Henna
current Kashmir conflict, an archetypal
image of the noble, self-sacrificing mother is frequently brought out
media and is praised as the ideal mother of a martyr: she hennas her
hands and sends him to fight a holy war, rather than to his bride. Many women object to this stereotype, as they are not
keen to send their sons to suicide. Other people object that this
gives the police an excuse to stop and search anyone with hennaed hands
on the pretext that they may be a suicide bomber.
and Burqa, Women in the Kashmir Conflict
War and Peace in South Asia: Beyond Victimhood to Agency
Publications, New Delhi and London, 2001
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