September 12, 2001
Dress code demand in Kashmir
"Of late, censor by private groups of social expressions and individual
behaviour is on the increase. Orthodox groups or outfits seek to censor
or prohibit films, books, research works, or dress (especially of women).
They don't hesitate to use violence, individual or collective. Such censoring
hordes are always backward looking and seek patronage from or in the name
of religion, culture, or 'morality'. The latest example is the dress code
announced in Kashmir by a self-appointed 'religious police' force, Lashkar-e-Jabbar.
School going girls have been attacked with acid and further action is
"All such tendencies deserve to be strongly condemned by all democratic
forces." - Y.P. Chhibbar, General Secretary "