“INDIA HAS a patriarchal society and women were the worst sufferers of violence in the Kashmir valley,” said noted writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker Justine Hardy during her visit to the ongoing Lyall Book Fair in the City on Saturday.
Hardy was at the fair where she signed copies of her first fiction, ‘The Wonder House’, set in Kashmir. This book is a story of three women living in Kashmir and their tumultuous lives in the valley.
The author’s other works include ‘The Ocher Border’, ‘Scoop-Wallah’, ‘Boat’ and ‘Bollywood Boy’. On the occasion she said in her book, ‘The Wonder House’ she had made an attempt to sensitise readers on the Kashmir issue.
She added reporting on Kashmir was restricted to issues between India and Pakistan. She said the sufferings of people of the valley particularly women were hardly reflected in the stories. There were better opportunities beyond the periphery of the State but they hardly had chance to move out of their world of miseries.
Hardy who said her flight was delayed by six hours due to fog, said when she had visited Srinagar she had witnessed the plight of people.
She, however, appreciated the role of the Indian Army and Government in coping with the earthquake devastations in the valley. Commenting on the City of Lakes Bhopal she said it was an incredibly beautiful City and very clean.
She is currently writing a book, which is again set in India and deals with the caste system in the country, she said.