Kashmir: Fatwa issued against girl band

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 04, 2013 10:52 hrs

Kashmir's Grand Mufti (head priest) Mufti Bashir-ud-Din has issued a fatwa (decree) against the Valley's first all-girl rock band 'Pragaash', which earlier decided to stop live performances for sometime after receiving threats and criticisms on social networking sites.

"Yes, I issued the fatwa...They can sing inside their homes. They should not sing in public," Mufti Bashir-ud-Din told media.

The band, however, received support from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who said the girls should not allow ´a handful of morons silence them´.

"Shame on those who claim freedom of speech via social media & then use that freedom to threaten girls who have the right to choose to sing," Omar tweeted.

"The police will examine the threats issued & whether any provision of the law can be used to book those making the threats#Pragaash," he said.

"I hope these talented young girls will not let a handful of morons silence them #Pragaash," Omar said.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj appreciated Omar for supporting the band.

"I appreciate Omar Abdullah for taking a tough stand on the matter so far," Punj told media.

The girls also received support from netizens who created a page on popular social networking site Facebook named: ´I support Pragaash, Kashmir´s first all-girls´ rock band´.

Formed in 2012, the three-member band is comprised of Noma Nazir, Farah Deeba and Aneeqa Khalid.

The band is focusing on releasing a music album, reports said.

The band members received warnings, including rape threats, following their first live performance at Srinagar in December.

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