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After facing threats, Kashmir’s first all girls music band is now facing a fatwa from Muslim clerics. Kashmir’s Grand Mufti has condemned the rock band and issued a fatwa against them, saying music is bad for the society and women must be under a veil at all times. Mufti Maulana Bashir-U-Din said, “Girls are responsible for the rape. They should be in their limits. They must wear the veil at all times. They can sing inside their homes. They shouldn’t sing in public. They are giving bad signals to men.”

DMThe first all-girl rock band to come out of Kashmir has been forced to cancel their live shows after receiving rape and death threats on Facebook. Award-winning Pragaash, which means light, have been targeted since December when they won a prize at their first public performance. Following the concert, comments appeared on Facebook from extremists who said the teenage girls should be raped and then drowned. A Facebook page KashmirNews posted a photograph of the band with a caption stating: ‘Personally, I consider them as shameless and spoiled brats…. ‘A lot of people criticised the girls. Some even went on to say, “Post this status in advance. The three band girls raped in Jammu and thrown in river.”‘

Honestly, girls, this may be a blessing in disguise. Well, not for all of you, but definitely for the the guitar-playing one.

Honey — you’re the star. Chick on the bongos is a joke and a half. Literally anybody with hands can do what she’s doing. And your other friend, the one playing an electric guitar like a bass that isn’t plugged into anything? Her literal contribution is zero. This is and always has been about the lead singer. Go solo and leave these two jabronis behind. Then the Fatwa won’t even count really since you won’t be a “band” anymore — it’ll just be you. It’ll be your name up in lights (or rocks, I don’t know how they do things in Kasmir). And if you end up getting raped and tossed in the river because a bunch of religious psychos, at least then it’ll be your name that goes down in history. Not some lazy-handed bongo nobody.