Recently, there were heated media debates and uproar in the civil society organisations when the Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir issued a fatwa against three minor Muslim girls who formed 'Pragaash' - the first all-girl rock band in the Valley. The girls also received threats on social networking websites along with a large amount of global online support.
The group members reported of receiving death and rape threats on their cell phones and Facebook
profiles. Consequently, the state government has arrested three men accused of posting threats on social networking websites against the Pragaash members and it is speculated that more arrests could be possible in coming few days.
The Grand Mufti publicly called playing of musical instruments by Muslim girls an "indecent behaviour" and issued a fatwa against the girls. Now, a civil society human rights group of the state is likely to file a case against the Grand Mufti for issuing fatwa projecting Muslims in negative light internationally.
Calling the Grand Mufti a self-appointed, Pervez Imroz, human rights lawyer and a civil rights activist in Srinagar, said that he had an intention of filing a case against the former for issuing the fatwa against the three-member all-girl band.
Imroz is the founder and President of the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) that works to build local alliances between Kashmiri civil society groups. He is also a convener of International People's Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in ‘Indian-administered Kashmir’.
Reportedly, Imroz has filed umpteen habeas corpus actions on behalf of families who claimed their relatives had vanished while in the custody of the security forces. One may recall that in the past the Grand Mufti had issued a fatwa against the Christians also.