Fatwa against Kashmir all-girl band
The first all-girl rock band in Indian-controlled Kashmir has disbanded, after only one concert, due to threats on social media and the demands from a top Muslim cleric.PT1M16S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2dx58 620 349 February 6, 2013
An all-girl teenage rock band from Indian-administered Kashmir has split after the region's top Muslim cleric declared their music to be "un-Islamic".
Pragaash, a three-piece group whose members are still in high school, had been the target of an online hate campaign ever since winning a battle of the bands contest in December.
But they have called its quits after the Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, Bashiruddin Ahmad, branded them as "indecent" and issued a fatwa calling for them to disband.
Called it quits ... the 'indecent' girl band.
"After the fatwa the girls decided to quit and disband," Adnan Mattoo, the band's manager, said on Tuesday.
The mother of one of the girls confirmed her daughter had decided to leave the band, saying she was staying with relatives outside Kashmir until the fuss died down.
"My daughter had been depressed and irritable so we decided to send her away to another city for some time," said the mother, who did not want to give her name.
The comments by the grand mufti have been widely criticised, with the state's Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, among those calling on the band not to be intimidated into giving up.
Kashmir is India's only Muslim-majority state and hardline Islamists have a reputation for trying to impose Islamic law.