University students protest against braid-chopping in IOK

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Srinagar

In occupied Kashmir, the students of Kashmir University and Central University of Kashmir staged forceful demonstrations, against increasing braid-chopping incidents in the territory.
The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had asked the students to hold demonstrations, today, against the disgraceful incidents of chopping of braids of women particularly young girls. However, the puppet authorities had announced the closure of schools across the Kashmir Valley to prevent the protests. The resistance leaders have also called for protests across the territory after Friday prayers, tomorrow, against braid-cutting.
Scores of students of the Kashmir University, Srinagar, staged protests at the campus against the braid-chopping spree. The students of Central University of Kashmir, Nowgam campus, also staged a demonstration against the increasing braid-chopping incidents in the Valley. Carrying banners and placards, the students chanted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. People also held demonstrations in Maisuma and Ganderbal areas against the braid-chopping acts.
In a latest tactic of state terrorism, the agents of Indian secret agencies use chemicals to make women unconscious or get hold of them forcibly and cut their braids. Locals say that the acts are aimed at creating a sense of insecurity and fear-psychosis among the womenfolk. More than 100 braid-chopping incidents have taken place in the Valley during the past few weeks.
Meanwhile, the puppet authorities continued to place Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Zafar Akbar Butt under house arrest. The authorities also put Professor Hameeda Nayeem under house detention. The authorities have also booked eight persons including Hurriyat leader, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, under draconian law, Public Safety Act, for the third time. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement condemned the action. The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front in their statements strongly condemned the continued detention and house arrest of Hurriyat leaders and activists. JKLF said that its seven leaders were re-arrested as soon as they stepped outside Central Jail in Srinagar, yesterday.
Complete shutdown was observed in Shopian and Hajin areas, today, against the recent killing of youth by Indian troops. APHC leaders, Bilal Sideeqi and Yasmeen Raja, and a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front visited the family members of the martyred youth and expressed solidarity with them.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat in a statement in Srinagar said that the puppet authorities were continuously denying medical facilities to illegally detained party Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, in jail.
In Islamabad, the APHC-AJK chapter staged a protest at D-Chowk against the disgracing of women in occupied Kashmir in the form of braid-cutting.—KMS