In Kashmir, empty grave for teenager killed by Indian forces

Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, father of 16-year-old Athar Mushtaq, breaks down while talking to Associated Press in Bellow, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. On the last week of 2020, Indian government forces killed Athar and two other young men during a controversial gunfight on the outskirts of the Indian-controlled Kashmir’s main city. Police did not call them anti-India militants but “hardcore associates of terrorists." They later buried them at a graveyard in a remote mountainous tourist resort miles away from their ancestral villages. Athar was the latest Kashmiri to be buried in a far-off graveyard after Indian authorities in a new controversial policy in 2020 started to consign blood-soaked bodies of scores of Kashmiri suspected rebels to unmarked graves, denying the mourning families a proper funeral and a burial.