Dukhtaran Brigade Raid Café’s, Gift Shops

Dukhtaran Brigade Raid Café’s, Gift Shops

14 February 2012
Kashmir Observer
Nazir Ganaie

Srinagar: Dukhttaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi led a burqa clad squad of activists Tuesday and raided several city restaurants and kept a vigil on public parks for the whole day here to prevent young couples from celebrating Valentine’s Day. The veiled women activists, raided hotels and restaurants as part of their drive, and tried to “counsel” couples present against mingling with each other in public places. Talking to Kashmir Observer, Andrabi said her group was only trying to enforce morality in the society by dissuading youth from ‘aping the decaying Western culture’. She accused the state government of hatching a conspiracy to promote ‘certain alien customs’ in Kashmir in order to weaken their resolve to fight for their rights. “They want to see our youth to remain indulged in these things, they want to see them mentally disabled, so we are approaching them and counselling them,” Asiya said. “Government says more liquor shops should be opened and they are issuing licenses. Why are people silent over these issues? This needs a state wide movement,” she added. “We visited several restaurants in and around Lal Chowk and found many boys and girls, who indulged celebrating Valentine’s Day. She however admitted that most of the couples she encountered during her day long raids weren’t celebrating any special day. She warned that her group will not tolerate any kind of vulgarity in Kashmir, adding “celebrating this day has corrupted Kashmiri culture and this is taking us away from Islamic teachings.”