The Right to Rock

  • Three teenage girls in India who formed the rock band Pragaash (meaning Light) 3 months ago, have already disbanded following threats of violence on social media
  • This follows public condemnation from a local cleric who stated that that this behaviour was against Islam and suggested such behaviour contributed to the rising sexual assaults in India
  • The girls are from Kashmir which is the only state in India to have a Muslim majority
  • Previously, Kashmir, which has a long tradition of female singing and music-making, was known for its folksy, tolerant religious culture but insurgencies throughout the 1990s resulted in thousands of deaths and dominance of right wing ideology
  • The members have received support from the elected chief ministers who have ordered police to trace the posted threats
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