Indians from across the country have taken to social media to offer shelter to people from Indian-administered Kashmir after a suicide bomber killed more than 40 paramilitary police in the north India state.
The attack took place on the Srinagar-Jammu highway about 20km (12 miles) from the main city in Srinagar.
A Pakistan-based group said a member in Kashmir carried out the attack but some people directed their anger at innocent Kashmiris living and working across India.
There have been cases of Kashmiri students and businessmen being targeted across the country, with reports of some Indian students even demanding the expulsion of their Kashmiri peers from universities.
In response, Indian social media has been flooded by locals using the hashtags #UnHateNow and #SafeHaven to open up their "homes and hearts" to Kashmiris being targeted.
Want to tell any Kashmiri student out there, if you are being targeted in any manner, feel free to call/DM me. My home and heart is open to you as are that of thousands of right thinking Indians.Let’s fight forces of violence together: you don’t have to bear the cross of terror.— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) February 16, 2019
And students across universities from Bangalore to Kolkata have come together to offer their support.
#unHateNOW We the students from across universities have come together to offer #SafeHaven to Kashmiris needing accommodation, or just feeling insecure in the face of organised violence, threats. Especially in Bihar, UP, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Uttarakhand. @Shehla_Rashid— Kawalpreet Kaur (@kawalpreetdu) February 16, 2019
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The central government has issued an advisory notice to ensure the safety of Kashmiris residing there after reports of sporadic violence against Kashmiri people emerged across the country, though it has warned of false reports.
Four traders were injured during violence against Kashmiri businessmen in Patna, the capital of eastern state of Bihar, and a curfew has been imposed in Jammu City after mobs took to the streets and torched vehicles.
Both India and Pakistan claim all of Muslim-majority Kashmir, but control only parts of it.
The central government's special envoy on Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, explained there is a "lot of distrust between people from Kashmir and other states. This distrust has led to the difficulties Kashmiri students face while finding accommodation in other states."
This comes against a backdrop of significant numbers of young Kashmiri men joining militancy in recent years, with India accused of using excessive force to control protests.
But this "distrust" has been challenged on social media, with the mayor of Srinagar urging others to defend "innocent Kashmiris" from such harassment.
Thousands of Kashmiris have laid down their lives fighting the scourge of violence, terror. To target and harass innocent Kashmiris outside Kashmir is a great disservice to the spirit of their sacrifices. These acts help the perpetrators of such attacks. Appeal for sanity, peace!— Mayor of Srinagar (@MayorofS) February 15, 2019
And some said even said they "felt proud to be Indian" after the outpouring of support on social media.
Meanwhile, a few Kashmiri students have also been charged for allegedly posting messages celebrating the attacks on social media.
Three college students from Kashmir, were arrested in Bangalore on 17 February for posting "derogatory comments" on Facebook about the attacks, according to newspaper The Hindu.