Tue, 05 Feb 2013 08:30:00 GMT | By IANS

Kashmir's all-girl rock band quits performing

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had hoped on his micro-blogging Twitter site that the three talented girls would not give up under threats from "a handful of morons"


Kashmir's all-girl rock band quits performing (© Reuters)

Srinagar: The teacher of the all-girl rock band against whom a 'fatwa' was issued said that the girls have stopped performing even as Chief Minister Omar Abdullah promised police investigations into the threats.

Adnan Muhammad Mattoo, who trained the three Class 10 girls before they formed the valley's first girls' rock band, told IANS: "Since the grand mufti, whom we treat as part of the government, says they must not play music, the three girls have decided to quit." "I formed the valley's first rock band, Blood Rock, seven years ago. I now feel seven years of my life have been wasted. I have also decided to quit and give up my pursuit of rock music," Mattoo said.

He added that there are nearly 40 rock bands in the state. "Their future is also in doldrums now," he said. After receiving threats on the social media, the family sources of the three girls who formed the Pragaash band said they had told their wards not to continue their pursuit.

Bashir-ud-din Ahmed, head of the Muslim clergy in Kashmir, issued a 'fatwa' (religious decree) asking the parents of the three girls to impart religious education to their daughters and labelled the girls' performance as "a shameful act".

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