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.