PUCL Bulletin, October 2001

Press Release:
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 threatened.

"All such tendencies deserve to be strongly condemned by all democratic forces." - Y.P. Chhibbar, General Secretary "

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