The Encyclopedia of Henna
The history and traditions of War and Henna

In the current Kashmir conflict, an archetypal image of the noble, self-sacrificing mother is frequently brought out in the media and is praised as the ideal mother of a martyr: she hennas her son’s 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.

Manchanda, Rita
Guns and Burqa, Women in the Kashmir Conflict
Women, War and Peace in South Asia: Beyond Victimhood to Agency
Sage Publications, New Delhi and London, 2001

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