Three arrested for threatening Kashmir’s all-girl rock band

Jammu and Kashmir Police has detained three men in connection with abusing and threatening the all-girl rock band, Pragaash. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “I’m glad the police in Kashmir has identified and arrested people for the online threats made to the girls. I’m told more arrests are possible.”

The Police Department alleges arresting Tariq Khan from Bijbehara, Rameez Shah from Ganderbal and Irshad Ahmad Chara from Batmaloo. Ashok Prasad, DG Police, has promised enhanced patrolling in the areas where the victims reside. Moreover, investigators are tracking down the Internet Protocol addresses of the users who posted abusive comments on the band’s Facebook page. A complaint has also been launched under Section 66A of IT Act and Section 506 RPC (criminal intimidation) in the Rajbagh police station in Srinagar.

On the other hand, a member of the band has announced giving up music as a symbol of respect for Kashmir’s grand mufti who had declared singing an un-Islamic law activity.

“We respect the Mufti sahib who said it (singing) is ‘Haram’. We respect the opinion of people of Kashmir also. That is why we quit,” she declared.

The youth of Kashmir feels otherwise. A supporter was reported saying: “Each person is entitled to his or her freedom. No one must interfere in their lives. Their parents have given them the freedom to form a band, no one should argue about it.”

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