"Noma quits", "Farah quits also" --- the two messages were posted by two of Kashmir's first three-girl rock band, Praagaash (from darkness to light), on Monday on a Facebook page created enthusiastically after it performed first time in December last year.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah's
assurances not withstanding, the government-backed grand priest Mufti Bashir-ud-Din's fatwa and online troll has taken a toll on Kashmir rare girls' rock band. Under tremendous pressure, the rock band of Class 10 students called it a day.
Just two days ago, the music band's mentor Adnan Mattoo, who was in constant touch with the girls, told the Hindustan Times the girls won't quit in the face of abuses and online threats, which include rape threats.
Earlier, in the face of online abuses, the band had decided to stop public performances for some time and restart doing musical albums.
Members of all-girls rock band Pragaash, perform at the annual Battle of bands competition in Srinagar. PTI
However, the government-backed grand mufti on Sunday issued a fatwa against music and dancing and extended a religious patronage to otherwise fringe elements of the unknown online abusers.
Omar did take a snipe at the mufti on micro-blogging site Twitter: "Given the importance people attach to the fatwas of the grand mufti, the less said the better."
The CM, who had earlier promised police action against those who issued threats, removed the message from his thread just minutes after posting it, apparently owning the grand mufti and retracting his statement.
Now, socio-religious group Jamaat-e-Islami too has joined the mufti's chorus against the girls.
"The shariat strictly prohibits immodest activity, in particular obscene dancing of women in the presence of men," said Jamaat spokesman Zahid Ali.
He said propagation of immodesty amongst the believers were liable to severe punishment in the world and the hereafter.
"The girls and their parents who participated in musical band also seem to be amongst this ignorant class," said Ali.
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