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Photos and Text by Iqra Zargar I am on the banks of famous Nageen Lake in Srinagar and can clearly relish its pristine beauty from a viewpoint known as Behrar which is inhabited by about 85 leprosy affected patients and their families. The contrast is clearly visible when I compare the shabby living standards of these patients and the posh living of ‘normal’ people outside the colony. The colony was basically a ‘live-in’ hospital established by the Kashmir Medical Mission in the eighteenth century and as per the census in 1890 (The Valley of Kashmir- W.R. Lawrence) about 133 leprosy

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