A 51-year-old Kashmiri widow tailors a traditional long loose shirt and baggy trousers for a customer.
Shaheena Akhter keeps busy with tailoring at her small home in Srinagar SRI NAGAR, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir.
Akhter lives alone in the congested poor neighborhood of Khwaja Bazar.
She has developed many health problems since the tragic death of her husband Ghulam Hassan in an explosion and her daughter’s marriage.
But Akhter is determined to earn a living and not rely on others for financial assistance.
Health care professionals say the decades-long conflict in Kashmir has had a significant impact on the region’s women.
Hundreds of Kashmiri women like Akhter, who are fending for themselves, receive some form of assistance, such as rations from local charitable organizations.