Braid-cutting incidents spark protests in IOK

ISLAMABAD:Massive clashes broke out in different areas of Baramulla and Srinagar against more incidents of braid-chopping in the two districts in occupied Kashmir.

The incident sparked protest at Boniyar in Baramulla which turned violent after locals said that police reached late which led to the escape of the suspected braid cutter, reported.

Protesters blocked Baramulla-Uri highway. Police lobbed teargas shells to quell the demonstrators who retaliated with stones. Several protesters were injured in police action.

In Shalteng area of Sheeri Baramulla, braid of a 20 year old girl was cut and the incident led to protests in the area. The protesters demanded immediate end to harassment of women.

Reports from Lawaypora in Srinagar said that two braid chopping incidents were foiled by two young girls. “One of the girls has suffered injuries while pushing back the attacker,” locals said. At Chattabal, people took to streets after the braid of a woman was chopped off.

Locals caught braid chopper in Lethapora, Pampore, near Ramky construction office this evening. “People handed him over to police,” a resident told media. When contacted, SHO Awantipora Nazir Ahmed said, “The person was a non-local resident and was taken into custody.”

Meanwhile, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and its Jammu counterpart, JCCI, have said that mischievous elements are behind incidents of braid cutting to create chaos in the territory. Addressing a press conference at KCCI office in Srinagar, members of both the chambers expressed concern and said “mobs and vigilante groups attacking visitors and migrant workers are not signs of a civilized society.”

Rakesh Gupta, JCCI president, said there was lack of transparency from police on braid cutting incidents. “Attacking our mothers and sisters in this manner won’t be acceptable at all. We feel the police department is also not transparent in this matter. The statement of the victim should be video recorded and a team consisting of a physician and psychiatrist should examine the victims,” Gupta said.