The National Human Rights Commission has closed the case of threat to girl rock band in Jammu and Kashmir stating that 'the law is taking its own course'. The Commission has taken this decision while hearing a complaint from Odisha based Human Rights activist Akhand of India Media Centre, a rights organization, alleging that girls of rock band 'Pragaash' in Jammu & Kashmir have been facing serious threats by Islamic leaders.
The petitioner alleged that, the hardliners want the Kashmiri girls/women to stop their activities. He has alleged that the State Government and police is not taking any action in the matter and the girls/women are forced to quit singing due to threats by the fundamentalists. In response to the Notice, the Additional Secretary, Home Department, Government of Jammu
& Kashmir has submitted the report.
According to his report, Grant Mufti of J&K Moulvi Bashir-Ud-Din Ahmad issued a fatwa against the girls of rock band pleading that the move is n-Islamic and also promotes waywardness in society. Though there had been no threat from the radical groups for the band members, however, in the recent past online threats and criticism besides abusive comments began to flow against the band through social networking. While taking strong note of the development vis-à-vis online threat for the band, a case under Information Technology
Act, 2000 and 506 RPC was registered in Rajbagh Police station in Srinagar.
During the course of investigation, Section 153-A was added in the instant case and arrested three accused persons namely Tariq Ahmad Khan of Anantnag, Rameez Ahmad Shahof Baba Wayil Gutlibagh and Irshad Ahmad Chara of Batmaloo on February 6 for their involvement in posting threatening/abusive comments on social networking sites. They were enlarged on bail on February 22. Efforts are on to unearth the clue of other unknown face book users who are involved in the commission of crime, the report said.
The Director General of Police, Jammu & Kashmirhas also submitted a similar report. Pursuant of the directions of the Commission, copy of the aforesaid reports were transmitted to the petitioner for comments, if any, within four weeks. In response, the petitionerAkhand has asked for stringent action against the persons behind the issue. The Commission has considered the matter and said “A criminal case has already been registered which is pending investigation. The law is taking its own course. No further action is called for. The reports are taken on record and the case is closed.”