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Braid chopping: Resistance camp postpones TRC rally

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Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Wednesday announced to postpone “for the time being” the TRC rally on October 14 in the wake of “serious concern and distress” caused among people due to the braid chopping incidents.
In a statement, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said these incidents are increasing by the day and spreading across the Valley, leading to great insecurity and fear among the people. They said it looks like one more ploy to unnerve and frustrate the resilient and unyielding people of Kashmir.
They said the “callousness and insensitivity” displayed by members of the PDP-BJP ruling regime towards the matter of grave concern for the people by dismissing it as a “phobia” and “hysteria ” among people who they say are “imagining ” such things looks deliberate and again exposes their total disconnect and apathy towards the people of Kashmir.
They said that people have been completely left at their own mercy to deal with the “crisis” and police and related institutions are in denial. While these institutions are quick and pre-emptive at pelleting and locking up Kashmiris, branding them stone pelters and anti-nationals and boast of a great “local” information network about militants , yet when it comes to nabbing miscreants who are assaulting the dignity of the women, they say they are clueless and need help.
The leaders urged people that as they have shown tremendous courage and resilience in the worst of repressive times, they should defeat the design by not giving in to fear as that was the main aim of the ploy and operate normally. “The people will defeat the designs of those behind this despicable act.”
The leadership asked people to form local committees in each Mohalla, locality to deal with the challenge and increase vigil in and around the area and to exercise restraint and discretion when dealing with anyone found involved in these incidents.
JRL said people will continue to raise their voice against this shameful assault and will peacefully protest against it on Friday while students of colleges, and universities across Kashmir will stage peaceful protests against the attack on the chastity of their sisters and mothers on Thursday .

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