Fatwa issued against Kashmirs girl rock band

Fatwa issued against Kashmirs girl rock band

By: || Updated: 04 Feb 2013 01:17 AM


Srinagar: After
facing threats, Jammu and Kashmir's first all girls music band has
received a fatwa from the state’s Muslim clerics. Kashmir's Grand Mufti
has issued a fatwa against them, saying music is not right for the society
and women must be under a veil at all times.

Mufti Maulana
Bashir-U-Din Farooqi said, "Girls are responsible for the rape. They
should be in their limits. They must wear the veil at all times. They can
sing inside their homes. They shouldn't sing in public. They are giving
bad signals to men."

The band members have decided to stop
singing, after receiving a string of death and rape threats on their
social media pages, as well as on their mobile phones.

Jammu and
Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday ordered police to
investigate threats received by the girls' band and provide adequate
security to its members.

The Valley's only girls' rock band
"Pragaash' was started by some local girls last year.

In December
2012, it participated in a competition called the "Battle of Bands",
finishing third.

"After our participation in the 'Battle of
Bands', we started receiving threats on social media sites. Our parents
told us to give up the exercise," said a band member here.

Intervening
in the issue, Abdullah now asked police to investigate the matter.

"Police
will examine the threats issued & whether any provision of law can be
used to book those making the threats," he said on account on his micro
blogging site Twitter.

"I hope those talented girls will not let
a handful of morons silence them," he tweeted.




(With IANS inputs)




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