Kashmir: No let up in braid chopping incidents, students to protest on Thursday


CNS reports from Indian occupied Kashmir


No let up in braid chopping incidents

Protest and clashes in Batamaloo and Bemina

Srinagar: The braid chopping incidents continues to spark protest and clashes in different parts of Kashmir Valley.

The fresh braid chopping incident at Batamaloo Srinagar sparked protest on Wednesday while police have reportedly arrested a suspect. From past couple of days, several braid chopping incidents have been reported from Batamaloo area.

The protesters mostly women assembled outside JVC Hospital Bemina accused police of saving the suspects while thrashing those who raise their voice against these unabated incidents. The youth blocked the road while police resorted to tear-smoke shelling to disperse them.

While talking to reporters, one of the protesting women said that on Tuesdaynight people chased some suspects in Bemina area, while in no time police appeared and took the suspects in their custody. She said instead of making the statements of suspects to public, they thrashed people including women and even ransacked their houses.

“Do police want that we should not raise our voice against braid chopping. We want to know why police targeted us and our houses,” she said.

Braid chopping incidents sparked a protest inside Kashmir Polytechinq college here in Gogjibagh Srinagar. Large number of students carrying placards and banners seeking the identification of braid choppers participated in the protest. They alleged that police have miserably failed to identify and nab the criminals who are playing with the honour and dignity of Kashmiri females.

Protests erupted while locals blocked Srinagar-Pulwama road after a fresh incident of braid chopping was reported from Karnalbagh Samboora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Locals told news agency CNS that a biker appeared during morning hours and chopped the braid of a young girl. The incident agitated people who disrupted traffic on the roads. They demanded action against culprits.

In South Kashmir’s Malapora area of Pulwama district, the braid of a young girl was chopped off on Wednesday afternoon, sparking protest in the area.

Another braid chopping incident was reported from Bandi area of Uri where hair of an 18-year-old girl was chopped by miscreants when she had gone to a washroom outside her home in the early hours. (CNS)



JRL postpones TRC rally, asks students to protest on Thursday

Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has postponed the proposed rally at TRC grounds in Srinagar on October 14 in view of braid-chopping scare in Kashmir Valley.

“JRL led by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik decided to postpone for the time being the TRC rally on October 14 in the wake of serious concern and distress caused among people due to the braid chopping incidents,” said a statement, issued on Wednesday.

They said these incidents are increasing by the day and spreading across the valley leading to great insecurity and fear among the people.

“It looks like one more ploy to unnerve and frustrate the resilient and unyielding people of Kashmir,” they said.

JRL said the “callousness and insensitivity” shown by members of the PDP-BJP ruling regime towards this matter of “grave concern” for the people by dismissing it as a “phobia” and “hysteria ” among people who they say are “imagining ” such things  looks deliberate.

“This again exposes their total disconnect and apathy towards the people of Kashmir.”

JRL said that people have been completely left at their own mercy to deal with this crisis and police and related institutions are in denial.

“While these institutions are quick and pre-emptive at [firing] pellets and locking up Kashmiris, branding them stone pelters and anti nationals and boast of a great “local” information network about militants , yet when it comes to nabbing miscreants  who are assaulting the dignity of our women ,they say they are clueless and need help,” said the statement.

The leadership asked people to form local committees in each Mohalla/locality to deal with this challenge and increase vigil in and around the area and to exercise restraint and discretion when dealing with anyone found involved in these incidents.

“People will continue to raise their voice against this shameful assault and will peacefully protest it on Friday while students of colleges and universities across Kashmir will stage peaceful protests against the attack on the chastity of their sisters and mothers on Thursday.” (CNS)


Lawyers marched against braid chopping incidents

Srinagar: Lawyers community Valley Wednesday staged a massive protest against unabated braid chopping incidents across Kashmir Valley. They carried out a march from High Court Complex that culminated peacefully at Clock Tower Lal Chowk.

The march was led by High Court Bar Association President Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom. The protesting lawyers were carrying placards and banners accusing government of resorting to sponsored terrorism.

Amid anti government slogans the lawyers alleged that the braid chopping conspiracy is the brain child of government of India while some Ministers in State are trying to give it a colour of hysteria.

“Today we are protesting against the continuous braid-chopping incidents across Kashmir. We want that braid-chopping must end immediately, the fear it has created among Kashmiris must come to an end so that Kashmiri women continue their daily chores with absolute freedom,” Qayoom told reporters during the protest rally at Ghanta Ghar in Lal Chowk.

He said that the lawyers believe that whosoever loves the honor of Kashmiri women must support them and join the protest against the act.

Besides others, General Secretary Bar Association GN Shaheen also addressed the media and blamed government for braid chopping incidents. (CNS)


National Conference takes to roads against braid chopping incidents

Srinagar: Youth National Conference on Wednesday staged a massive protest in Srinagar against government’s inept and sluggish response to increasing braid chopping incidents across valley.

Raising slogans against the indifferent approach of the PDP BJP government, YNC workers led by Provincial President YNC  Salman Ali Sagar marched from party headquarters Nawa e Subah towards city centre Lal chowk but were stopped by Police near Polo view Srinagar. Later Salman along with scores of his supporters were detained at Kothi Bagh police station.

Castigating Mehbooba Mufti for her inability to stop braid chopping incidents Salman said, “The situation in Kashmir is deteriorating very fast with every passing day. The fear psychosis has engulfed the whole valley. Our mothers and sisters now fear to move out and have confined themselves within the four walls of their homes,” adding, “Nothing much has been done to assuage these fears while government has failed to put an end to such senseless violence against our women folk.”

Demanding immediate arrest of those who have wrecked havoc in the society, Salman said, “Almost 40 cases of braid chopping have been reported in the past two weeks in Kashmir while administration is busy in issuing rhetorical statements.”

He expressed dismay over the attitude of present government and its representatives in solving problems of the people, saying the whole state is in chaos ever since the present dispensation took over reins in the state.

Meanwhile, former Minister and senior National Conference leader Sakina Itoo led a protest march at Damhal Hanjipora in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district. She castigated those elements who according to her are trying to give braid chopping incidents hysteria color.

“Do these police officers and PDP Minister want to say that majority of women are mentally unsound. People were not expecting such a shameful statements from these people. The honour and dignity of our women are at stake and they are poking fun at victims,” she said. (CNS)

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