Forceful demos in Srinagar against braid-chopping » Kashmir Media Service

India using attacks on women’s chastity as war tool

Srinagar, October 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful demonstrations in Srinagar, today, against the increasing incidents of braid-chopping master-minded by Indian intelligence agencies across the territory.

Under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership scores of Hurriyat leaders including Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Molvi Bashir Urfani, Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Yasmeen Raja, Showkat Ahmed Bakhshi, Mushtaq Ahmed Sofi, Muhammad Yasin Attai and Farooq Ahmed Sodagar held a demonstration in the premises of Jamia Masjid at Nowhatta in Srinagar to express their resentment against the braid cutting incidents. A large number of people, mostly women, also staged similar protests in Bemina and Khanyar areas of Srinagar. The women held a demonstration in Khanyar after a woman’s braid was mysteriously cut in Kaw Mohalla area. The protesters blocked the road to demand arrest of the culprits. Reports from Bemina said that two alleged braid-choppers were nabbed by the residents.

Complete shutdown was observed in Seer area of Islamabad district against protecting of a suspected braid-chopper by Indian Army. Locals told media that they foiled the attempt of braid-chopping in the area on Monday night. The residents said that when they started chasing the culprit to apprehend him, the army arrived and took him along.

The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement in Srinagar said that the Indian civil and military authorities were using the attacks on the chastity of women as a weapon of war to subdue the Kashmiris’ commitment towards the ongoing freedom movement. The leaders said that occurrence of such incidents in the heavy presence of Indian forces was a conspiracy to create a sense of insecurity among the womenfolk.

The Democratic Freedom Party and Muslim Deeni Mahaz in their separate statements expressed serious concern over the injuring of two Kashmiri detainees in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. The victims identified as Muhammad Shafi and Javaid Ahmed were beaten up and injured in a fight between members of two groups lodged in the jail, though they were not part of any warring group.

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