Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has come out in full support of the Valley's first all-girl rock band 'Pragaash' who have now stopped live shows following threats and criticism on social networking sites.
He said it is a shame on those who claim freedom of speech via social media and then use that freedom to threaten girls who have the right to choose to sing.
"I hope these talented young girls will not let a handful of morons silence them. The police will examine the threats issued and whether any provision of the law can be used to book those making the threats," Abdullah tweeted.
"Shame on those who claim freedom of speech via social media and then use that freedom to threaten girls who have the right to choose to sing," he added in his tweet.
The members of the all-girl band have been receiving warnings, even rape threats, on the social media ever since they first performed in Srinagar two months ago.
Farah Deeba, Aneka Khalid and Noma Nazir started receiving the threats soon after Pragaash's first live performance, at Srinagar's Battle of the Bands, an annual music festival, in December last year.
The criticisms have hit the morale of these young girls, but they have remained defiant and are fighting on. 16-year-old Nazir is the vocalist and guitarist, while Khalid is the bass guitarist and Deeba is the drummer. Both Khalid and Deeba are 15 years old.
The focus of this band, which is decided against public performances for now, is on producing an album.
The band Pragaash, which means from darkness to light, was formed last year. (ANI)