January 2003 News

Jaish apologises for killing three girls

9 January 2003
The Hindustan Times
HT Correspondents

Rajouri/Poonch: In an apparent bid to reduce public resentment, the Jaish-e-Mohammed has 'apologised' for the recent killing of three girls and reassured the women of J&K that burqa is not mandatory. On Tuesday night, the terrorist group pasted three posters in Rajouri and apologised for the killings of three girls at Hasiyot.The posters said women only needed to adhere to purdah as prescribed by Islam. They also said there was no ban on higher studies for women. But at the same time, they warned those found cooperating with security forces of dire consequences.However, the 'reassurance' has done little to allay fears as women and even little girls move out with their faces covered. Reports said that the threat perception was greater in the upper reaches where the security forces' presence is less.The police, however, rubbish these reports 'There is no fear,' Rajouri SSP PR Manhas said.


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