For the first time, India is deploying women para-military commandos in Jammu & Kashmir - a virtual admission by New Delhi that more and more Kashmiri women are joining the ranks of militants taking on security forces in the restive, Muslim-majority province bordering Pakistan.
Journalist Izhar Nazir Ali says Kashmiri women carrying coffins is an ominous sign. (Supplied)
Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard as Kashmiri Muslim school girls walk past in Srinagar on October 1, 2013. (AFP)