Protests, Clashes Continue as Braid Cutting Sees No End

Srinagar, October 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, fresh braid cutting incidents triggered protests and clashes in several parts of the Kashmir Valley.
According to media sources, clashes erupted in Mehjoor Nagar of Srinagar after the braid of a woman was cut by miscreants. Youth took to the streets and clashed with Indian forces. Protests and clashes led to shutdown in the area. Protests also broke out in Chattabal area against an overnight braid cutting incident. A large number of women took to the streets and raised anti-India and anti-police slogans. A miscreant barged into the secluded house of Bilal Ahmed Gojri and attacked his wife but lost balance and fell on the ground and suffered injuries and is unable to move. The protesters, mostly women amid slogans, castigated the authorities for failing to protect the honour and dignity of womenfolk. Panic gripped in Dandarkhah area of Batamalloo when the braid of a woman was chopped off. People found the victim unconscious with her braid cut and she was immediately rushed to hospital for treatment. Police lobbed tear-smoke shells to disperse scores of protesters at Lasjan by-pass after a braid chopping incident in the area. Locals said that miscreants chopped off the braid of a woman at Golapora Lasjan. Two more incidents of braid chopping were reported in Budgam district where one 22-year old woman fell victim in Shamshabad village and a girl student at Khansahab. It was the second incident in the locality in just three days. A special police officer was thrashed by people in Beerwah for being a braid chopper. Residents of Lari-Preng in Kangan area of Ganderbal district staged a protest on Srinagar-Leh highway, today, to protest against a braid-chopping incident that took place last night. Chanting slogans, the protesters, including men and women, blocked the road at Preng, disrupting the traffic movement on the highway. Meanwhile, a protest demonstration led by Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement Chairperson, Farida Behanji was held at Press Colony in Srinagar, today. The protesters condemned the braid chopping incidents and use of force by Indian troops on protesters. KASHMIR VOICE

DeM, JKML Pay Tributes to Showkat Falahi

Srinagar, October 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Dukhtaran-e-Millat has paid glorious tributes to religious scholar, Showkat Ahmad Falahi, who was martyred by Indian forces.
According to media sources, the DeM General Secretary Nahida Nasreen in a statement issued in Srinagar said the martyr, Showkat, was a religious scholar who in the truest sense had contemplated Islam, role of youth in the society and significance of freedom struggle. She said that Showkat belonged to a family that had deep roots in Islam. “The martyrdom of Falahi is a huge loss to the Kashmiri people and the Kashmir cause. Nasreen expressed solidarity with the family.
Showkat Ahmad Falahi was killed in Imamsahab area of Shopian district on Monday.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in its statement while paying tributes to Showkat Falahi said that he sacrificed his life for better future of Kashmiri people. The JKML also paid tributes to martyrs Waseem Ahmad Shah and Nasir Ahmad Mir, who were martyred by troops during a cordon and search operation in Pulwama, recently. The party denounced the rising incidents of braid cutting in the territory. KASHMIR VOICE

Gilani Greets Pakistan over Becoming HRC Member

Srinagar, October 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Huriryat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has greeted government as well as people of Pakistan over its becoming the member of United Nations Human Rights Council for the next term.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar hoped that Pakistan would continue to raise its voice against human rights violations perpetrated in any part of the world, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian occupational forces. He said that despite strong opposition from America and India, the rest of the 151 countries expressed their faith and confidence in Pakistan. “It is encouraging that Pakistan has to share great responsibilities to restore human values, highlight and focus its attention on human rights violations wherever these occur in the world,” he said. Meanwhile, Hurriyat has called a meeting of its executive council on October 21 at its head office, Hyderpora, Srinagar, to discuss some important issues including prevailing situation. KASHMIR VOICE

Concern Raised Over Braid-Chopping Incidents In IOK

Srinagar, October 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Private Schools Association of Kashmir (PSAK) has expressed concern over the unabated braid chopping incidents happening in the Valley which has created fear psychosis among students at all levels in schools, colleges, universities and coaching centres.
According to media sources, the PSAK President, G N War in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the incidents happening in almost each and every district had affected the students both physically and mentally. “Girl students fear to come to school, boys fear to venture into outside areas as the former might be victim of braid chopping and later getting accused of such incidents by mobs, he added. He said both academics and extra-curricular activities stand affected as it has disturbed the student community entirely. “Even the discussions and normal talk in educational institutions start and end with braid chopping incidents,” he said. He said, “Our biggest victims have been students at coaching centres. These students both boys and girls used to come for tuition early morning and leave late evening, but now they fear to attend classes. Girls and their parents don’t want to take any risk and fear they may be their next target,” said G N Var. KASHMIR VOICE
Tasleema, a Kashmiri woman, shows her hair after an alleged braid-chopping attack in the Natipora area of Srinagar.

Shutdown, Protests in Srinagar, Tral

Srinagar, October 19 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, protests were held amid shutdown in Srinagar and Pulwama areas on Thursday against fresh incidents of brad-chopping and highhandedness of Indian forces.
According to media sources, the residents of Hazratbal took to streets against braid chopping of a woman in Dhobi Mohalla area of the city and staged massive protests. Two incidents of braid-cutting have taken place in the area in the past one week. All shops and other commercial establishments were closed, while traffic was off the road in the area. Meanwhile, clashes were reported from Tral area of Pulwama district against the ransacking of houses by forces in the town. Youth took to streets and clashed with the forces in Main Town area of Tral. The town witnessed complete shutdown against the ransacking of three houses of Kashmiri youth by Indian troops. KASHMIR VOICE
Shut in Tral

Braid-Chopping Shameful Crime of Indian Rulers: Rehmani

Islamabad, October 19 (Kashmir Voice): The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has strongly denounced Indian rulers for their yet another method of torture being inflicted on the women of Kashmir in the shape of braid cutting by spraying unconscious to punish them for the movement of freedom.
According to media sources, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad said this is in addition to killing of innocent people inside and along the LoC, pellet-blinding, crack-downs, night raids, arrests, long detentions, false & fabricated cases under the inhuman laws in the length and breadth of Kashmir. He said the Indian regime wants to brutally suppress the Kashmiris to impose a grave-yard silence everywhere. The failure of rulers to condemn braid-choppers, nab them, arrest and uncover their identity and bring culprits to book has given credence to the popular theory that the particular mysterious syndrome has deep conspiracy behind it and the army, police and civil authorities from Delhi to Srinagar under PDP-BJP are in hand and glow to create a mental and societal chaos and fear in Kashmir. The JKPFL Chairman said the authorities are responsible as the womenfolk have gone into swoon due to the braid-chopping incidents across Kashmir. But, the current gamble being played by elements inimical to peace in the valley will further darken the political climate adding to instability, uncertainty and mass uprising in South Asia, he maintained. Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, said that the vulnerability of the Kashmir syndrome warrant focus by the world organizations and leaders: the UN & OIC Secretary General, European Union leadership and the heads of the permanent members of the Security Council should constitute fact-finding missions urging India to permit them to enter the troubled region of Kashmir for an on the spot investigation of the political and humanitarian developments to initiate remedial measures forthwith. KASHMIR VOICE