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The invisible scars of Kashmir

There was no word for 'suicide' in the Kashmiri language, and the state had one of the lowest suicide rates. Now, there are 5-6 cases of attempted suicide in every hospital, according to psychiatrists at the Government Mental Health College in Srinagar. Twenty years of conflict have seen a huge rise in mental illness, but there are only 20 psychiatrists serving a population of 4 million. An audio story by Dheera Sujan for Radio Netherlands Worldwide