February 1999 News

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Jammu and Kashmir Militants Target Jeans, Cable TV

25th February 1999
The Times of India
By: Law Kumar Mishra

SRINAGAR: In what is seen here as a fresh attempt at enforcing a Taliban-type code of dress and behaviour, two girls were on Tuesday shot in sustained bullet injuries after being shot at for violating the "ban" on showing "obscene programmes".

The two girls were shot and injured by the militants in the heart of the town on Tuesday for wearing tight jeans. According to the police, the girls have been admitted to hospital. The militants also grievously injured a cable operator on Wednesday morning. The panic stricken cable operators held an emergency meeting here and later held negotiations with the militants, who reportedly advised them against showing "obscene programmes" on the network as they "polluted" young minds and were against Islamic culture. The cable operators had suspended their operations since Tuesday following the militants' threat, the police said.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front had started a campaign for Islamisation in 1990 when it had ordered the closure of all cinema halls from January 1 that year. All liquor shops in the Kashmir valley were also closed due to a threat by the militants in the early nineties. They remain closed till date. Another militant organisation, the Hizbul Mujahideen, all-women militant outfit, the Dukhtran-e-Millat, had also given a call to Muslim women in the valley to observe strict purdah.

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