The Kashmir village that put an end to domestic violence by banning dowries

Nestled in the foothills of Gutlibagh, Kashmir, the hamlet of Baba Wayil offers its residents a simple, tranquil and traditional life.Its one thousand or so villagers pass their time farming walnuts, trading Pashmina shawls and attending Friday prayers at the local mosque. Many have stayed all their lives in the community, which proudly traces its roots back 750 years to when the Sufi saint Syed Baba Abdul Razzaq arrived from Samarkand, Bukhara (modern day Baghdad) to preach and promote Islam…