Braid Cutting

Braid Chopping: JRL postpones TRC rally, calls for peaceful protests on Friday

‘Students should stage peaceful protests against the ‘attack on the chastity of their sisters and mothers’ on Thursday’

Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) led by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik decided to postpone the TRC rally on October 14 in the wake of serious concern and distress caused among people due to the braid chopping incidents.

However they have called for peaceful protests against braid chopping on Friday and have asked the students to stage peaceful protests against the ‘attack on the chastity of their sisters and mothers’ on Thursday.

In a statement, JRL said these incidents are increasing by the day and spreading across the valley leading to great insecurity and fear among the people.

JRL called the incidents one more ploy to unnerve and frustrate the resilient and unyielding people of Kashmir.

They said the callousness and insensitivity displayed by members of the PDP-BJP ruling regime towards this matter of grave concern for the people by dismissing it as a “phobia” and “hysteria ” among people who they say are “imagining ” such things is deliberate and again exposes their total disconnect and apathy towards the people of Kashmir.

JRL said that people have been completely left at their own to deal with this crisis and police and related institutions are in denial.

“While these institutions are quick and preemptive at ‘Pelleting’ and locking up Kashmiris, branding them stone pelters and anti nationals and boast of a great “local” information network about militants , yet when it comes to nabbing miscreants who are assaulting the dignity of our women ,they say they are clueless and need help,” the statement said.

JRL urged people that as they have shown tremendous courage and resilience in the worst of repressive times that they are subject to, the brave people of Kashmir should defeat this design by not giving in to fear.

“That is the main aim of this ploy. People should operate normally and with composure despite the deliberate conditions of fear being created around them. That will defeat the designs of those behind this despicable act,” the statement added.

The leadership asked people to form local committees in each Mohalla/locality to deal with this challenge and increase vigil in and around the area and to exercise restraint and discretion when dealing with anyone found involved in these incidents.

(With inputs from KNS)

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