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Voice muzzled: Omar promises security as Kashmir’s all-girl band decides to quit after fatwa, threats

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday promised action against those who had threatened the all-girl music band from the Valley.

“Action must be taken against those responsible for issuing threat to the members of the music band,” he said an in exclusive interview to Headlines Today. He said security will be provided to the band members. “The girls will have to take a decision on their own. The government will provide security if they choose to continue,” he said.

The girls had defied convention by stepping into the male-dominated field but faced online threats and abuses from conservative sections of the society.

srinagar_350_020413103114On the fatwa issued by the grand mufti in Srinagar against the band, Omar said, “The grand mufti is not appointed by the state govt and he receives no money.”

Meanwhile, three teenage members of the band have decided to call it quits, a day after the Grand Mufti issued a fatwa terming singing as un-Islamic and asked them to abandon it.

The Grand Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad on Sunday issued a decree terming singing as un-Islamic.

“I have said, singing is not in accordance with Islamic teachings,” said Ahmad.

He said, he has advised the members of the first all-girls rock band of Kashmir to abandon singing as “it is against Islamic teachings and will not help them in playing any constructive role in the society.”

INDIA TODAY
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