Braid chopping: Students, civil society group protest

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Srinagar, Oct 12: The students of Kashmir University (KU) and civil society members on Thursdayheld protests against braid chopping incidents.
At KU, the protest was held under the banner of Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU).
Around 400 students took part in the protest held outside their hostel buildings.
Carrying placards, the students tried to march towards the main road, but were stopped by the police near the gate.
The students said braid chopping was aimed at diverting attention from over the “freedom struggle”.
“First, the government attacked Article 370 and Article 35-A. Failed, the government has now resorted to braid chopping,” said a Zoology student, Ifrah Ali.
The students alleged that government was behind the braid chopping incidents.
They said it was quite unfortunate that the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has not uttered a single word on braid chopping.
“She is busy with the official functions. She has no time to address other issues,” they said.
At Pratap Park, the civil society members held a sit in protest under the banner of Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS), terming braid chopping as an “act of terror”.
Those present on the occasion included Shakeel Qalander, Dr Altaf Hussain, Zareef Ahmad Zareef, Rouf Tramboo, and Mubeen Shah.
Talking with The Kashmir Monitor, Qalander said it was quite unfortunate that the government was still clueless.
“More than 100 incidents have been reported. The government is still in deep slumber. Society feels that the braid chopping is an attack on the honour and dignity of the society. No society can see its women folk living in fear,” he said.
“It is the responsibility of the government to expose the culprits, but it has failed.”
He said the people should also come forward.
Renowned child specialist, Dr Altaf Hussain said braid chopping was a grave “human rights violation”.
“It is an act of terror, an assault on the dignity, honour, and chastity of our women folk. The government has to unravel the mystery behind the braid chopping incidents. The government is trying to trivialize it,” he said.
Altaf said it was deplorable on the part of the government to accuse the victims of suffering from hysterical illnesses.
“The government is saying that the victims were suffering from hysterical illnesses. It is totally wrong. It is the greatest insult,” he said.
“The government is smart when it comes to apprehend the so-called stone-pelters. It is not at all a mass hysteria. It is an act of terror, perpetrated against the women folk. You don’t need rocket science to know who is behind it.”
Zareef said it was being done to divert people’s attention.
“Braid chopping is also a mischief. In the past, we have witnessed many similar conspiracies,” he said.

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