Terrorists Ask J&K Girls To Marry At 15
18 January 2003
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: A terrorist outfit on Saturday asked all Muslim girls in Jammu and Kashmir to get married at the age of 15. On Saturday, posters appeared in the border districts of Rajouri and Poonch in the north Jammu region in the name of the Harkat-ul-Jehad-Islami group in an apparent stepping up of the campaign to introduce the Islamic way of life in the state. The posters went up on the walls of the main mosque of Shahdhara Sharief about 190 km north of here. The police removed the posters but not before a number of people read what they had to say. 'All girls of 15 and above should get married forthwith. They should take bath inside their homes only,' the posters read. This meant that girls in villages should not go to ponds and rivers for bathing. They also reiterated the threat issued by the Lashkar-e- Jabbar for all non-Kashmiri doctors to quit their jobs by January 25. 'This is the last warning and any defiance of this would (invite) dire consequences', the posters said. Kashmir police chief Ashok Kumar Suri said the new posters would not have any impact as the people had ignored similar threats in the past. He criticised the media for playing into the hands of militant outfits by publicising the threats listed in the posters.