Pragaash (light), Kashmir's first all-girls rock band, has decided to call it quits following a ‘fatwa’ issued by Grand Mufti terming singing as un-Islamic.

There has been an outpouring of support for the band, with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah among those who expressed strong support for the girls, urging them not to quit singing because of a “bunch of morons”.

The hardline Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani also criticised the Grand Mufti for his remarks.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have registered a case and identified several Facebook users who had posted abusive and threatening messages on the page of the only all-girls rock band of the Valley.

“A case under Section 66 A of the IT Act and Section 506 RPC (Criminal Intimidation) has been registered in police station Rajbagh with regard to the hate messages posted on the Facebook page of the Pragaash band,” a police spokesman said on Tuesday.

No details were given by the spokesman. However, an official associated with the investigation said police – with the help of experts from the cyber crime cell – had been able to identify at least six people who had posted hate messages.

“So far half a dozen Facebook users who had posted hate messages have been identified while efforts are on to identify the others,” the official said on the condition of anonymity.

He said the Facebook page of the band had received a large number of posts — mostly critical — and it would take some time to sift through all of them.

“Arrests are likely to be made in the next couple of days,” the official added.


  • Police have identified at least six persons who had posted hate messages

  • “Arrests are likely to be made in the next couple of days”