India orders schools to reopen, but Kashmiri parents keep kids at home: ‘Education is less important than our children’s lives’

A security forces member patrols a deserted road in Srinagar ( AFP/Getty )

Parents across Kashmir kept their children at home, despite an order from Indian authorities for schools to reopen, fearing the youngsters could get caught in clashes between civilian protesters and armed personnel.

Authorities closed schools and colleges on 5 August after India revoked the special status of Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed in entirety by both.

Kashmiris have criticised the authorities for reopening the schools when the situation remains volatile and clashes continue.

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