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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

Kashmir separatist leader advises youth to adopt decency on social media

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, February 08, 2013
First Published: 20:47 IST(8/2/2013) | Last Updated: 21:03 IST(8/2/2013)

A day after police arrested three young-men for 'their comments' on Facebook against all-girl music band, veteran separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Friday advised youth of Kashmir valley to adopt decency and maintain restraint while posting their views on social media.

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The 82-year-old Hurriyat leader asked youth to avoid expressing their views over "non serious issues." "They should confine their efforts and attention to highlight  more important issues like human rights violations and matters related to  freedom movement," a statement quoted Geelani from Delhi.

The pro-Pakistan leader criticised the administration for the arrest of the three Facebook users besides various 'pro freedom' leaders terming these as unwanted.

"(The) establishment with the dint of force is creating terror and is indulged in violation of basic human rights.  Suppressive measures in no way are the solution, instead they complicate already tense situation," Geelani said.

He said that the arrest of Tariq Majid Khan, Rameez Ahmad Shah and Irshad Ahmad by police was aimed to "deviate the attention from the issue of Verma panel recommendations against the armed forces".

"Since last 22-years  thousands of Kashmiri women were sexually harassed and molested by Indian forces neither a single case was registered  nor they were perused for their offenses," Geelani, while questioning the role of National media, said.

The three youth were arrested on Wednesday night under Section 66 A of the IT Act and Section 506 RPC (Criminal Intimidation) for "posting hate messages on the Facebook page of the girl band called Pragaash" for their public performance in a music contest in December last year. The comments attracted national media frenzy as the verbal war between supporters and critics of public-music-performance forced the class 10 school girls to announce disbanding.

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