A fringe group in Kashmir has taken moral policing to another level. A hitherto unheard organization, which calls itself ‘Sangbaaz Association Jammu and Kashmir, Azad Kashmir’ has issued a ‘Taliban-style’ diktat against women and shopkeepers in the valley.
The chilling warning, issued through posters threatens the Kashmiri girls of death if they would be seen driving their two-wheelers on the streets. “We request all girls, please do not use Scooty. If we see any girl who rides Scooty, we will burn the Scooty as well as the girl.”
Issuing a ‘last warning’ against shops, banks and commercial establishments against opening them “till the end of this fight.”
According to some local media reports, posters of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) also have surfaced in south Kashmir. They ask people to continue agitation till freedom and urge women not to venture out of their homes, and government employees not to go to work.