VIDEO: Meet Two Reformed Kashmiri Militants – One of Them Is a Teacher Now, Another a Musician

Ever wondered what makes people take up the life of militancy? Many times, it is not something that they choose on their own. Some are kidnapped from their homes and are threatened that if they don’t comply, their families will be in danger.

Here, reformed militants from the Kashmir valley share their horrific tales. The video captures the journey of two of them, from insurgency to civilian life. Shot in Kashmir, it gives a fascinating insight into their minds, the reason why they took this path, and the reason why they decided to surrender to the Indian Government.

Ashaq Hussain surrendered in 2003 and Dilabar Aman Chechi in 2002, under the Surrender and Rehabilitation Policy of the Government of India. Ashaq is now a teacher and member of village Panchayat. Dilabar works as a labourer and plays music for a living.

This video was originally published here. 101Underground features stories of people living on the edge.

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