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Feb 05, 2013 at 01:54pm IST

Girl band should be stopped, must abide by sharia: Dukhtaran-e-Millat leader

Srinagar: While the Jammu and Kashmir Police filed an FIR against those issuing threats to the valley's first girl rock band Pragaash, the leader of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (Daughters of the Nation), Asiya Andrabi backed the fatwa issued by the Grand Mufti against the band. Andrabi said there was nothing wrong in stopping the girls from performing on stage.

"I don't think there is threat to the life of the girl band. If we didn't stop them now, in future they would have been the best rock band in Kashmir, outside Kashmir. They would have performed everywhere. You'd promote them. It would have been hazardous to the girls. There is no threat to your honour if you abide by the sharia," she said.

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Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday filed an FIR against online abusers of the all-girl music band Pragaash, said sources. The police action came after an SMS threat was circulated against the all-girl band. The rock band was forced to disband after a fatwa was issued against them on Monday from the J&K Grand Mufti. An angry chief minister Omar Abdullah told CNN-IBN that the fatwa is against spirit of Kashmiriyat and promised full security to the girls if they wish to continue singing.

During a debate with IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Shabnam Lone said, "The Mufti has given a fatwa, is he a Constitutional authority? He is not. Now why were the things allowed to go far beyond the point where these girls are in hiding now?"

The band on Monday decided to quit after a fatwa was issued against them by the valley's Grand Mufti, Bashir-ud-Din, who said that women must live in purdah at all times. Blaming women for the increase in crimes against them, he said that women must desist from performing in public as otherwise, there will be no difference between "our women and film actresses".

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