Urges for protests today to continue peacefully
Srinagar: The joint resistance leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, gathered on Thursday with activists and people from many walks of life to stage a peaceful protest against the increasing attacks on Kashmiri women.
Assembling outside the JKLF office in Abi Guzar, the protestors marched towards Lal Chowk, bearing placards and raising slogans to strongly condemn the braid-chopping incidents that have swept the Valley for over a month. Stating that Kashmiri women were under attack from some hidden enemy, the JRL declared that “attacks on our mothers, sisters and daughters are not acceptable to us and if these attacks do not stop immediately, we will have no choice but to launch a people’s protest against them”.
Calling for renewed peaceful protests after Friday prayers against the ongoing attacks on Kashmiri women, the JRL named the assaults and the ugly acts of braid chopping as “a direct attack on our dignity that no Kashmiri would tolerate any longer… We as a nation are living in an unrelenting horror and worry, but the so-called rulers, their police and other agencies remain absolutely naïve about it. The so-called rulers are busy riding scooters and arranging music concerts, and their forces and agencies are calling this menace a mere frenzy,” the leadership said.
“Hundreds of our sisters have been left shaken by unidentified assailants,” they continued, “but police and forces who take no time in identifying even masked protestors and in finding the hidden faces behind every happening and who are punctual while crushing peaceful political activities have till now claimed no breakthrough. This ignorance is actually proving that the entire matter is dubious and the situation extremely alarming.”
Emphasising the need for unity to fight this menace, the JRL leaders said that, while dealing with the threat, “we should enhance our society-based vigil and deal with nobility”. The leadership also appealed to people to hold peaceful protests against the attacks after Friday prayers, on October 20, and to continue raising their voices against the hidden assailant