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In pictures: Kashmir votes amid boycott call

An elderly man votes in Bandipora

The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has begun voting for a new government. It is one of the most politically sensitive areas in South Asia. India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir.

Men and women form separate cues to vote in Shadipora on the outskirts of Srinagar

Voting is in seven phases staged over five weeks. Observers were surprised at the high turnout on the first day as separatists seeking independence from India had urged a poll boycott.

A policewoman frisks a voter in Ajas village

Here a policewoman frisks a voter. Security is particularly tight because there have been massive anti-India demonstrations by Kashmiri Muslims in recent months.

Security forces in Ajas

Security forces are stationed on every road in the state.

Kashmiri woman lies on the ground after confrontation with security forces

Police have used tear gas to break up some protests. Here a woman lies on the ground after one such confrontation.

Women boycotting the poll in Bandipora

These women boycotted the poll and are shouting anti-India slogans in defiance of the security forces.

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