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Thursday, 7 February 2013
3 arrested for online abuse of Kashmir's all-girl rock band Pragaash
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From the Indian Express

Three persons have been arrested in connection with the online abuses and threats to the all-girl rock band of Kashmir, which forced them to quit singing.

Irshad Ahmad Chara, resident of S D Colony, Batamaloo, was arrested late last night by the police, who was raiding different places to apprehend him.

Tariq Khan, was apprehended from Bijbehara, a town in South Kashmir, and Rameez Shah was also arrested from Ganderbal in central Kashmir last night, police sources said.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "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."

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Ashok Prasad, who is closely monitoring the case, has directed stepping up of patrolling in the areas where two of the three girls of the band group reside.

A member of the band had yesterday said they decided to call it quits as they respected the decree of Kashmir's grand mufti who found singing un-Islamic. "We respect the Mufti sahib who said it (singing) is 'Haram'. We respect the opinion of people of Kashmir also. That is why we quit," she said,

Aneeka Khalid, guitarist of Pragaash, said she never expected their band would generate so much controversy. Speaking to Mail Today on Tuesday, she claimed she didn't feel threatened, but said: "I am no longer interested in music or in the rock band. I have given it up."

She also spoke about her respect for grand Mufti Bashir-ud-din, whose fatwa against the girls taking up rock music triggered protests across the country.  "I respect grand Mufti Bashir-ud-din and his advice and have decided to quit music,"

Aneeka said she is aware the band has got huge support from people within and outside the state. "Say thanks to all those who have supported us, but we are not going to go outside the state to learn music or perform in any show. We have given up music," she insisted.

Kashmir may be part of India but it is Muslim majority - and who wants their daughters to suffer like Malala Yousafzai?

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Posted on 02/07/2013 4:25 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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