Kashmir In Numbers

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Over the past two decades, the number of people seeking psychological help has skyrocketed in Kashmir.  According to doctors, around 1,700 patients visited the hospital in 1989, compared to more than 100,000 in 2015-2016. Private clinics and district hospital centers have also opened to accommodate patients. Here are a few more number to help you know what’s going on in The World’s most depressed place, Kashmir.

 

At least 12% Kashmiris have experienced sexual violence.

 

At least 44% Kashmiris have witnessed physical mistreatment.

 

At least 87% Kashmiris have been frisked by Indian forces.

 

At least 93% Kashmiris have experienced conflict-related trauma.

 

At least 45% Kashmiris have trouble sleeping.

 

At least 39% Kashmiris have witnessed damage to personal property.

 

At least 50% of Kashmir’s adult population suffers from some form of mental distress.

 

At least 63% Kashmiris think they are never safe.

 

At least 33% Kashmiris have undergone forced labor by Indian forces.

 

At least 85% Kashmiris have witnessed crossfire.

 

At least 63% Kashmiris suffer from anxiety.

 

At least 85% Kashmiris have witnessed mistreatment of other Kashmiris by Indian forces.

 

At least 85% Kashmiris have witnessed explosions.

 

More than 70% of adult Kashmiris have experienced or witnessed the sudden or violent death of someone they knew.

 

99% Kashmiris have witnessed crackdowns.

 

At least 34% Kashmiris have thought of suicide.

 

10% of adults in Kashmir valley are suffering from severe depression and 6% are suffering from severe PTSD.

 

Over 11% of adults in Kashmir are taking psychoactive drugs.

 

An average Kashmiri adult has witnessed around eight traumatic events during his or her lifetime.

 

Only 0.3% of Kashmiri adults have not experienced a traumatic event during their lifetime.

 

At least 61% of currently married Kashmiri women report one or more reproductive health problems.

 

Out of the two main psychiatry OPDs in Kashmir, of almost 100 patients seen at each OPD everyday, 75 are females.

 

The marital age of women has risen from an average of 18-21 to 27-35 years.

 

At least 15.7% of Kashmiri women of childbearing age will never have an offspring without clinical intervention.

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