Munira Begum fights militancy in Jammu

In the remote mountains of Jammu, women have taken up arms to fight militants. When 26-year-old Munira Begum left the pots and pans in her kitchen to pick up a gun, she inspired many others like her to join the self-defence drive against militants in Kulali village of Surankote, once a hotbed of militancy.

Frail-looking Munira is like any other ordinary Gujjar woman in Kulali-Hilkaka, where family traditions are revered. But constant oppression by militants has compelled its women to join the village defence committees.

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