“It seems Taliban have entered Kashmir, we live in a democratic country and have every right to wear clothes of our choice. Religion does not talk about dress code. It is all man-made propaganda,” said Kratika Nair, a Bangalore resident who is planning to visit Srinagar.
“What these separatists want? Their aim is to destroy mental peace of people only. If they do not like skimpy or tight clothes, they should not see women or restrict themselves indoors, at least for the sake of tourists and the economy,” said Jasica Singh, another Bangalore resident.
Meanwhile, State government is silent on the issue. J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has reportedly instructed the tourism ministry not to comment on this matter.
“I appreciate J&K young CM for bringing peace to the state. He should ignore this issue as it would definitely affect tourism industry and faith of people on his governance system,” said Gandhav Mahajan, an executive from Mumbai.
The valley has been already in the middle of the booming tourism season and become a worrying factor for Himachal Pradesh, which has become a second preference for tourists this time around.
Gautam Das, a trade analyst said: “The people in the valley have very high stakes in trade and nobody associated with it will like to enter in this needless controversy. The separatists have every right to raise their issues but they should also look for people’s source of revenue.”
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