Band in Kashmir decides to dissolve after threats
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The band Pragaash from Kashmir has decided to dissolve after only one concert. The reason is a fatwa issued by an imam, as well as harassment and rape threats on social media.
The members of Pragaash made a quick end to their music career when the government-appointed imam Mufti Ahmad Bashiruddin called the band ‘obscene’ and issued a fatwa. The imam believes that “music is bad for society and that such behavior is a catalyst for the growing number of attacks in India.”
In addition, a bullying campaign hung out the girls in the band as prostitutes, reported Sky News.
Case being investigated
“Initially, the girls decided to stop with live performances and instead concentrate on recording an album to be distributed online. But after the fatwa (death threat) from mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad, the band decided to give up music entirely, the band’s manager, Adnan Mattoo, said.
Kashmir region’s top political figure, Omar Abdullah, allegedly wrote on Twitter that the police will investigate the case and that “these talented girls have not let themselves be forced into silence by a handful of idiots.”
Conflict and horror in the region
In 1947, Kashmir was divided between India and Pakistan after the two respective countries gained independence from Britain. The situation in Kashmir is equally complicated. According to Islamic pratitioners in Kashmir, the lifestyle of young people influenced by Westerners is incompatible with Muslim beliefs.
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