Kashmiris shout slogans during a protest after the Friday prayers in Srinagar on September 20 [Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters]

Hameeda Begum described her arduous journey from the Himalayan region of Indian-administered Kashmir to the hot and humid room in Agra Central Jail in northern Uttar Pradesh state, where the exhausted 70-year-old was waiting to see her son.

A man in his early twenties offered her a bottle of water, saying, “Don’t lose hope. You are not alone.”

Hameeda drew a long sigh, placed her hand on the man’s hand and spoke in a barely audible voice: “May God give us patience.”

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Other Kashmiri families watched as they sat on a steel bench, waiting to see their own jailed relatives.

After waiting for

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