Three arrested in Pragaash abuse case

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 07, 2013 13:37 hrs

Three persons have been arrested for abusing the Valley's only all-girl's band, Pragaash, on the Internet.

On Wednesday night, Tariq Khan, Rameez Shah and Irshad Ahmad Chara were arrested from Bijbehara, a town in South Kashmir, Ganderbal in central Kashmir and Batmaloo in Srinagar, respectively, said reports.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah backed the arrests.

"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," he said on Twitter.

People from various sections of the society have been expressing their support for the the girls after the band was forced to give up.

The members of Pragaash decided to call it quits after the Valley´s grand mufti (head priest) Mufti Bashir-ud-Din issued a fatwa (decree) against them.

The band had 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 had tweeted.