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Published:February 5th, 2013 14:59 EST
First all Girl Rock Band in Kashmir says No More Music

First all Girl Rock Band in Kashmir says No More Music

By Neha Gandhi


After facing online threats and abuses from conservative sections of the society, First all-girl rock band of Kashmir, Pragaash(which means light) has decided to quit from music. Earlier, in the wake of online abuses, the band had decided to stop public performances for few days and restart doing musical albums .But after the government -backed Grand Mufti issued a fatwa terming singing as un-Islamic and asked them to abandon it, the girls decided to discontinue.

The three teenagers --- drummer Farah Deeba, guitarist Aneeka Khalid and vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir --- started their band in December last, a renowned band in valley, defeating several all-boy rock bands,kept mum over the issue after facing reckless protest on social networking sites.

Adnan Mattoo, the rock group`s music teacher and manager,said ,"They feel terribly scared and want an immediate end to this controversy once for all," Mattoo said Tuesday. "First, the girls had decided to quit live performance due to an online hate campaign and concentrate on making an album. But after an edict by the government`s own cleric, these girls are saying goodbye to music."

Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has come out in favour of the all-girls musical band and ensured that the police would examine the provisions of the law so that those who issued the threats could be book. " Shame on those who claim freedom of speech via the social media and then use that freedom to threaten girls who have the right to choose to sing," Omar said. "I hope these talented young girls will not let a handful of morons silence them," he tweeted.