Group member leaves for Bangalore

Srinagar, Feb 5: A member of Kashmir’s first all-girl rock band has left the Valley for Bangalore after the teenage group was forced to call it quits in the wake of abusive and threatening online posts and opposition by a Muslim cleric.
Breaking the three-member group’s silence after it was disbanded yesterday, two members of the band said they have given up music as they respect the decree (fatwa) issued by Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad who termed singing as “un-Islamic”. “Kashmir is not a place for music. If anyone wants to learn music they have to go out,” a member of the band which went by the name of ‘Pragaash’(light) said in a choked voice.
The Mufti said he was “happy” the rock music group has been disbanded by the girls.
“I am happy they have quit. I congratulate them, their parents and all those people who supported my fatwa...,” he said.
Although the whereabouts of the girls were kept a secret by the families after the controversy broke out, it has emerged that one of the three girls has gone to Bangalore amid reports she has left the Valley to help her recover from depression. The other two girls remained in the Valley.
“We just quit (singing and music) only because of the people of Kashmir, as Mufti sahib said it is un-Islamic. We did not know that they are unhappy with our music,” a band member, with her face blocked out, told TV channels.
The girl said the band decided to quit music after the fatwa was issued by the Mufti. “We respect the Mufti sahib who said it is haram. We respect the opinion of people of Kashmir also. That is why we quit,” she added.
The girl said the band was disbanded not because of online threats. “It is because people are not happy with us. People of Kashmir are not happy,” she added.
National Conference leader and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah said it was unfortunate that the girls band was forced to call it quits.
Farooq hoped the girls will not give up music and continue to sing.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 5 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 5 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 6 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST




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