'Braid chopping' claims in Kashmir spark mass panic and mob violence

'Braid chopping' claims in Kashmir spark mass panic and mob violence

Briton and Australians among several people briefly detained by vigilantes in unrest over alleged attacks on women’s hair

A British woman and three Australians have been briefly detained by vigilantes amid mass panic in Indian-administered Kashmir over a spate of alleged “braid choppings”.

Police in the Himalayan region say they have received reports of at least 40 instances of women’s hair being forcibly cut by unidentified assailants.

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