Image by : Amit Pasricha
A group of Kashmiri Muslim women near Saida Kadal, Dal Lake, head home after attending Muharram ceremonies. Shia Muslims observe ten days of mourning during the Muharram month. In Srinagar, only small Muharram processions are permitted and that too under heavy security due to Shia-Sunni sectarian hostility that tends to peak during this festival. The Shias comprise only about ten percent of Kashmir’s Muslim population.