Dukhtaran activists ransack Srinagar restaurant
9 March 2007
Indo-Asian News Service
Srinagar: Activists of women's separatist group, Dukhtaran-e-Milat (Daughters of Faith) ransacked a local restaurant here Friday alleging that immoral activities were taking place there.'Two local girls allegedly involved in immoral activities were taken away by the activists of the group after they raided the restaurant at Naaz crossing, smashed cabins and furniture inside,' said an eyewitness.Police said the girls were later handed over to their parents.A crowd that came out of the local mosque went berserk after hearing about the alleged flesh trade and immoral activities taking place in the restaurant. People torched two private cars and smashed the windshields of some other vehicles in the area.The restaurant owner, however, said no immoral activity was going on inside his hotel though some boys and girls were taking tea when the activists of the Dukhtaran barged into the hotel.Police arrived late at the scene and used batons to disperse the unruly mob that threw stones on them.A senior police officer told IANS that a case has been registered against those who took law into their own hands and ransacked the hotel. The allegations of flesh trade at the restaurant were being probed separately, the police officer added.It may be recalled that the Dukhtaran activists have been campaigning against what they call obscenity and immoral activities ever since its inception in early 1990s, when the armed revolt started here.An infamous sex scandal involving politicians, bureaucrats, police and paramilitary officers rocked Kashmir last year. The accused in this sex racket are being tried in a court in Chandigarh.