Braid Chopping: Protests, clashes in many parts of conflict hit Kashmir


PTK reports from Indian occupied Kashmir


Protests, clashes in Hawal, Awantipora, Sopore, Pampore observes shutdown


SRINAGAR: With no stop in braid chopping incidents, protests and clashes were witnessed in many areas of the Kashmir valley


In Hawal area of Srinagar clashes erupted after the students of Islamia College staged a protest against braid-chopping incidents. Reports said that the students of the college staged massive protests against the “failure” of the government to prevent braid-cutting incidents.


Police lobbed teargas shells to disperse the protesting students who were pelting stones on them. The traffic movement on the road was disrupted due to the clashes.


Meanwhile, protests were also held on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of Pulwama district. The protesters blocked the traffic movement on the highway to register protest against braid-chopping incidents. Later, police reached at the spot and burst tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. The traffic was resumed on the highway after the police action.


Protests also erupted in Sopore town of Baramulla district after a woman said her braid was chopped off by unknown persons. A woman of Ningli area of Sopore, in her fifties, said that unknown persons chopped off her braid.


Reports said that youth took to streets and pelted the forces deployed in the town with stones. They also enforced shutdown in the town by hurling rocks at the shops and vehicles.


Pertinently this is the third such incident in the area in less than twenty-four hours. Yesterday, two women said their braids were chopped off by unknown persons.


Meanwhile, shutdown was observed in Pampore town of Pulwama district against the increasing braid-chopping incidents. Reports said that shops and other business establishments are closed in the town.


Kashmir police chief Muneer Ahmad Khan today said scientific examination of the braid-cutting victims would be conducted. “We will collect samples to know what type of sprays have been used on the victims,” Khan said during a press conference in Srinagar. (PTK)



Govt failed to provide safety to women, hallow slogans exposed: MLA Ishfaq Jabbar


SRINAGAR :  National conference leader and MLA from Ganderbal Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar today said that Government has failed to provide safety to the women in the valley as the braid chopping incident doesn’t stop .


He told PTK that the hallow slogans of the government regarding Beti bachao beti padhao are exposed. He said that it is an irony; no one has been arrested so far in any of these incidents.


He said that. “if Govt can find a stone pelter within 24 hours why can’t find these braid choppers”. He said government must take these incidents seriously and must find out the criminals.


“If government can’t put an end to the mysterious hair chopping, the protests will intensify. The ministers of Mehbooba Mufit led government said that it’s mental disorder. They should resign from the government, if they can’t control the situation in valley. Almost one month has been passed but government is still failed to protect women in valley. (PTK)



Protest erupts after girl’s braid chopped again in Sherri Baramulla


SRINAGAR : Resident of Sheeri in Baramulla on Monday held protests after a girl’s braid was cut for the second time in past three days today.


According to reports the “victim” was in the courtyard of her house when the incident took place. Her mother said that the she was also present in the courtyard when all of a sudden her daughter felt unconscious. “The braid of her daughter was chopped off.”


She was rushed to Public Health Centre Sheeri in an unconscious state. Pertinently, this was the second time that the girl’s braid was cut.


“On 14th of this month, her braid was cut by unknown persons. Today, they attacked her again,” said the girl’s mother, according to reports. As the news of the incident spread, people took to streets and staged protests. (PTK)

APHC expresses concern over unabated incidents of braid chopping


SRINAGAR: Expressing serious concern over the unabated incidents of braid chopping and now incidents of theft of gold jewelry and cash from the households from various parts of Kashmir by mysterious criminal elements, APHC spokesman said it is an irony that the Government and its Police has failed to nab the culprits and stop the incidents of hair cutting that have left the population especially the women folk of Kashmir in great distress and a state of fear.


The spokesman said so far people of Kashmir have only witnessed the tall claims and hollow assurances on the part of the police without any tangible progress in apprehending the elements involved in these incidents which has led many to believe that the culprits are being shielded. He said the height of the oppression is that when people try to raise their voice against such incidents, police uses force including bullets, pellets and tear gas on the peaceful protestors which is highly condemnable.


The APHC spokesman said that the use of brutal force on the peaceful protestors who protest on issues of mass concern like braid cutting speaks of the intolerance of the authorities towards public outcry and he said that it is being deliberately done to terrorize the people of Kashmir in order to pressurize them to relinquish their genuine and legitimate struggle.


The spokesman said that in the wake of rising incidents of braid cutting in Kashmir, many elderly figures, prominent citizens and social activists visited the residence of incarcerated APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and shared their concern and anxiety over the frequent incidents of braid cutting and harassment of the women folk with him. The delegations apprised Mirwaiz about the level of fear created by some people who also throw stones at the roof-tops of residential houses and at their entry gates in the dead of the night resulting in the panic among residents.


The spokesman said that the struggle of Kashmiris has reached the stage where now certain opposition parties and civil society groups of India also have realised the importance of resolving the long pending issues of Kashmir and are advocating immediate resolution of the issue for durable peace in the region. He, however, said it was an irony that the present dispensation at New Delhi continues with its rigid and stubborn approach towards Kashmir and wants to follow its traditional iron fist policy and military approach rather than taking steps for resolving the issue.


Reacting to the recent assertions of India’s External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swraj, the APHC spokesman said the fact remains that the bitterness between India and Pakistan has remained mainly because of the pending Kashmir dispute which has been the reason of wars and acrimony between these two neighbors. He said it is evident that unless Kashmir issue is resolved keeping in view the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir the claims of peace building and stability in the region will remain elusive. He said it can be realized only either by implementing UNSC resolutions on Kashmir or through a meaningful dialogue among India, Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir. (PTK)

Constitute vigilant Mohalla committees, handover suspicious elements to committee: APHC


SRINAGAR : Kashmir is a political issue and needs to be resolved as per aspiration of people, while as Delhi is following policy of “oppression and suppression “said APHC on Monday.


Commenting over, Secretary Indian Communist Party Mr D Raja’s statement, wherein he has said that “BJP is using brutal measures and suggested that, Kashmir being a political issue, hence they should find a political solution for its settlement.


Hurriyat spokesperson said that it is our firm belief that Kashmir is a political issue and military might can never suppress people’s freedom sentiments,


“We also want a peaceful and sustainable solution to this issue, said spokesman and added that development, prosperity, peace and security in the region can be guaranteed, if the dispute is resolved through peaceful means and it will also save the region from destruction and devastation resulting out of conflict between two nuclear countries”.



Hurriyat said that it is their power of arrogance that authorities in New Delhi are hell-bent to strangulate every genuine voice through bullying and repressive approach and added that such arbitrary tactics won’t suppress freedom sentiments.


Spokesperson in his appeal to Indian people urged to support our voice and asked to stand with us and insisted to ask their rulers to change their thinking and repressive approach against people of Jammu & Kashmir and find   amicable solution to the dispute and added that it will pave way for prosperity and stability in the region so that people in the sub-continent can live in peace.


Meanwhile Hurriyat Conference expressed deep concern over the increasing  braid chopping  incidents and said that it has given rise to scare and fear psychosis as of now incidents of burglary and stone pelting by miscreants is also haunting innocent people.


Denouncing authorities   for suggesting that the braid chopping victims will have to undergo lie detection tests and narco analysis, Hurriyat said that the victims are already traumatised and subjecting them to various tests is one more ploy to humiliate them. It is deceit and a well-thought out ploy to shield criminals, said Hurriyat


It is surprising that after a period of one month, authorities are saying that they will nab these criminals and are asking people for their cooperation.


APHC said that people are patrolling their localities to nab these miscreants and as soon as culprits are nabbed, police comes to their rescue, declaring them innocents and let them free without any further investigation or enquiry.


Spokesman in his appeal to people asked to constitute vigilant Mohalla committees and advised to handover suspicious elements to   trusted committee member for further investigations, so that authorities don’t get an opportunity to shield these criminals.

Appreciating people for exhibition of their discipline, spokesman added that their performance is ample proof that they are men with good conscience. (PTK)


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