Srinagar: After facing threats, Jammu and Kashmir's first all girls music band has received a fatwa from the state’s Muslim clerics. Kashmir's Grand Mufti has issued a fatwa against them, saying music is not right for the society and women must be under a veil at all times.
Mufti Maulana Bashir-U-Din Farooqi said, "Girls are responsible for the rape. They should be in their limits. They must wear the veil at all times. They can sing inside their homes. They shouldn't sing in public. They are giving bad signals to men."
The band members have decided to stop singing, after receiving a string of death and rape threats on their social media pages, as well as on their mobile phones.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday ordered police to investigate threats received by the girls' band and provide adequate security to its members.
The Valley's only girls' rock band "Pragaash' was started by some local girls last year.
In December 2012, it participated in a competition called the "Battle of Bands", finishing third.
"After our participation in the 'Battle of Bands', we started receiving threats on social media sites. Our parents told us to give up the exercise," said a band member here.
Intervening in the issue, Abdullah now asked police to investigate the matter.
"Police will examine the threats issued & whether any provision of law can be used to book those making the threats," he said on account on his micro blogging site Twitter.
"I hope those talented girls will not let a handful of morons silence them," he tweeted.
(With IANS inputs)