Srinagar, October 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, massive protests followed by violent clashes broke out in BohriKadal area of Srinagar after the braid of a woman was chopped off in the area.

The protests took place after a woman said that her braid was cut by two masked men, who knocked her unconscious when she went to washroom.

“When I gained consciousness at hospital, I came to know that my braid has been cut,” she said and displayed the portion of her chopped-off braid before the media persons.

As the news about the incident spread, hundreds of youth staged protests at BohriKadal and demanded arrest of the braid choppers. The protests turned violent after police resorted to intense teargas shelling.

Meanwhile, the fear of braid chopping has not only petrified women and girls across Kashmir, but has affected the psyche of children as well. Three-year-old Adeeba Farooq said that she had seen three back-to-back incidents of braid chopping in Batamaloo locality.

“And since then, I stay home all the time and fear playing outside,” she told media. Adeeba’s mother Shazia said she has noticed strange changes in Adeeba’s behavior ever since the series of incidents of braid-chopping took place in her neighborhood.

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