Braid chopping in Kashmir: ‘Police, Govt should clear air about chemical spray’


GNS reports from Indian occupied Kashmir

Open session chaired by chairperson women’s commission make six suggestions

Srinagar: The police needs to “step in” to restore the shaken faith and confidence of the people in the system amid spike in braid chopping incidents across the Kashmir Valley, the suggestion among others was made during an open Session, convened by the Chairperson, J&K State Commission for Women Ms. Nayeema Ahmad Mahjoor in her office on Thursday.

With the view to deliberate upon and suggest measures to address the issues arising out of the incidents of braid chopping, representatives from the civil society, education, police, media etc participated in the open session. At the outset, Mehjoor expressed serious concern over the growing incidents of braid cutting which she said has given rise to fear psychosis and apprehensions in the society.

The representative from the police informed that around hundred such cases have been reported from different districts of the valley in which FIR’s have been lodged.

After thorough deliberations, at least six suggestions were made for addressing the issue during the session.

The participated suggested that police needs to step in to reassure the public that the “perception about the infiltration of invisible elements or hands having crept into the society for creating such a situation is not based on facts. This is important for restoring the shaken faith and confidence of the people in the system”.

The government through health department, they said, should also clear the air about the chemical spray and its adverse health impacts in the long run, as has the rumour spread among some sections of population.

“The special investigation teams of police and the committees formed by the government at the district level for the purpose should share outcome of their findings in such cases with the Commission on regular basis.”

In the fourth suggestion, they proposed that the government should also involve and associate the State Commission for Women and the civil society, wherever and whenever such incidents are reported.

“The top brass of the police need to sensitize their officials at the middle / lower rung to take the reports/ incidents of braid chopping very seriously, as the confusion and chaos on this account has the potential of vitiating peace in the valley,” they said.

Lastly, they participations suggested that the Chairperson State Commission for Women appeals the people in general and the civil society in particular to co-operate with the concerned authorities/ committees in addressing the issue. “The people may also inform the Commission on E-mail (, should any such incident come to their notice.” (GNS)

CNS reports

KSCDS protest against braid chopping incidents

‘Absurd remarks from dispensation unacceptable’

 Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies (KSCDS) Thursday organized a protest against braid chopping here in Srinagar city on Thursday.

The protest was attended by cross section of society including civil society members, lawyers and traders even as the Chairperson KSCDS Hameedah Nayeem had been put under house arrest.

The protesters expressed anguish over the unabated incidents of braid chopping and said that it is an attack on the honour and dignity of Kashmir women.

“We took a pledge to protect our women folk. They are not so helpless and we can protest them. The fingers of suspicion so far are raised against the present dispensation and their agencies. So it is their responsibility to clear the doubts and prove it otherwise. Unfortunately, the government is in deep slumber,” they said.

They said a wave of shock and anger is brewing among people and if the government doesn’t act, it will have serious ramifications. “The irony is that government is not recognizing the reality and instead some of the members from dispensation have come up with absurd statements implying that the victims are nutty. This is unacceptable,” they said.

Some of the protesters included Dr Javaid Iqbal, Shakil Qalandar, Bashir Ahmed Dar, Abdul Majid Zargar, Zareef Ahmed Zareef, Ajaz Shahdhar and others. (CNS)

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