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Sunday, 3 February 2013
Kashmir's first all-girl rock group forced to cancel their show after extremists posted rape and death threats

From Outlook India, the Times of India and the Daily Mail

SRINAGAR: Having defied convention, Kashmir's first all-girls rock band is facing a challenge of online threats and abuses from conservative sections of the society.

The teenaged girls who came to limelight in late December last year after their scintillating performance at the annual 'Battle of the Bands' competition

Though there are dozens of bands currently playing popular music of different genres in the Valley, the girls - vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, drummer Farah Deeba and Guitarist Aneeka Khalid (all students of tenth standard) - formed their rock band named " Pragaash" (light) and won the best performance award in their first public appearance.

"There has been a wicked campaign against the girls ever since they made their maiden appearance in public on December 26," owner of Band Inn, a musical academy where the girls are undergoing training,

He said the band is presently working on an album. Criticism is nothing new to Kashmiri women singers who defied strong opposition in the past as well and made a name in the music field. Raj Begum, renowned Kashmiri singer, even won the national award. He was quoted in the Times of India as saying: 'They are just 15 and too young to face such abuse.

Following the concert, comments appeared on Facebook from extremists who said the teenage girls should be raped and then drowned.

A Facebook page KashmirNews posted a photograph of the band with a caption stating: 'Personally, I consider them as shameless and spoiled brats...

'A lot of people criticised the girls. Some even went on to say, "Post this status in advance. The three band girls raped in Jammu and thrown in river."'

The band members, Farah Deeba, guitarist Aneeka Khalid and vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, refused to talk on the issue but were reportedly shaken by the threats.

 Coming out in support . . . Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, today, promised a police probe and hoped that the talented teenagers would not let themselves be silenced by a "handful of morons".

Amid support pouring in from all sections of the society, Grandmufti of Jammu and Kashmir Bashiruddin Ahmad today termed singing as "un-Islamic" and asked them to abandon it.

"I have said that singing is not in accordance with Islamic teachings," Ahmad told PTI.

The cleric said he has advised the members of the rock band to "abandon" singing as it is against Islamic teachings and will not help them in playing any constructive role in the society.

"Society cannot be built or developed by doing un-Islamic acts like singing. I have advised these girls, and other Muslims as well, to stay within the limits of modesty as prescribed for them,"

Their parents are said to have advised the band to stay out of the limelight for a while and the girls are now believed to be in New Delhi.

Posted on 02/03/2013 1:32 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
3 Feb 2013
Christina McIntosh

 'A lot of people criticised the girls.  Some even went on to say, "Post this status in advance: 'The three band girls raped in Jammu and thrown in river"'.

Rape, then murder.

It appears that Islam inculcates in at least some of its male adherents an attitude toward women that is seen, in the west, only in the mind of the psycho serial killer.  

In Marjane Satrapie's 'Persepolis' she describes something that happened to her westernised mother not long after Khomeini and the rest of his sharia pushers came to power. Marjane's mother, out alone, unislamically dressed (jeans and a shirt, and hair not covered by a Slave Rag) was accosted by a group of bearded Mohammedthugs.  They informed her that women like her deserved to be raped and then thrown into a rubbish bin.

Islam seems to encourage men to view and treat women with absolute contempt.  Pious thugs can view and practise rape and murder as lawful punishments for any female perceived to be in the least bit uppity.  (And it seems to be terribly, terribly easy for any woman - let alone three innocent girl musicians - no matter how careful she is, to somehow breach the written and unwritten 'rules').

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