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Fatwa issued against Kashmiri all-girl band
SRINAGAR: Kashmir's top clergyman, Mufti Azam Mufti Bashiruddin, on Sunday issued a "fatwa" against three Kashmiri girls for being part of a rock band which performed in Srinagar in December 2012. The grand mufti said he has decreed against the girls because music is banned in Islam and girls should imbibe "better values" instead of vices. "I issued the fatwa where I said to the girls that music is not good for society," he said. "All bad things happening in the Indian society are because of music," he added. Mufti Azaam said, "The parents of the girls should try to correct erring teenage girls and teach them Islamic values instead of exhibiting them as source of entertainment for thousands of people. I will be forced to issue another fatwa if these girls and their parents do not take corrective measures to mend their ways." The mufti and other separatist groups issued statements and "fatwas" against the girls who have taken refuge in New Delhi after chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday offered support to them.
Jammu and Kashmir's first girl band decides to quit following fatwa
Jammu and Kashmir's first girl band has decided to call it quits after a fatwa was issued against them by the valley's Grand Mufti. While issuing a fatwa, the Mufti had called for women to wear a veil at all times. He claimed that public performances by women were un-Islamic and obscene. The rock band 'Pragaash' had earlier decided to give up live performances following threats by extremists on Facebook. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, however, has stood firmly in support of the Class 10 girls. He ordered an inquiry into the threats they faced.