Aqib Ali
Srinagar, Oct 9: Amid spike in braid chopping, a Public Interest Litigation has been filed in Jammu and Kashmir seeking directions to the police to bring to justice those behind these incidents and protect womenfolk against such unforeseen elements.
Two Lawyers, Hilal Akbar Akbar Lone and Masarat Kawsar have filed the PIL and is likely to be listed in next few days with the consent of the Chief Justice.
“We have fulfilled all the requirements as per the rules and hopefully the PIL would be listed before the hon’ble bench in newxt couple of days,”  advocate Masarat Kawsar told Kashmir Glory.
She said that braid chopping was serious matter and in the PIL, directions have been sought to Police to ensure arrest of the culprits and making the womenfolk feel secure. “With intervention from Court, we are hopeful that police will act swiftly and bring to justice to behind these ugly incidents of braid chopping in the Kashmir Valley,” she said.
The female population now scare to step out of their house and some have even stopped attending schools in south Kashmir.
The maximum cases—around three dozen—were reported from south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, where it started in the Valley nearly a month ago.
The issue has started to snowball into a major political crisis as government remains clueless and incapable to nab alleged culprits or unravel the conspiracy, if any, behind these incidents.
With the credibility crisis that the government and its institutions face, locals have started blaming ‘intelligence agencies’ and even the ‘police’ for these incidents.
Special investigation teams and round the clock helplines have been also set up in every district to probe the incidents. Police has also announced a reward of Rs 6 lakh to anybody who can give leads on the braid choppers.
While no arrests have been made so far, the police has threatened legal action against those spreading braid-chopping rumours.
Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti also assured stern action against the culprits and public avowed to get to the root of the incident and unmask those behind such incidents.
On October 6, a 70-year-old man was mistaken as a braid chopper and hit by a brick which led to his death in Danter village of Anantnag district.
According to police, Abdus Salam Wani was attacked with a brick when he was heading towards his home after offering early morning (Fajr) prayers. Wani was shifted to district hospital Anantnag and later referred to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar where he succumbed to his injuries.
At some places, locals have caught ‘innocent people’ suspecting them of being the culprits. For example in Delina Baramulla, locals thrashed a boy suspecting him to be a braid chopper. He revealed to police that he was there to meet his girl friend.
In Srinagar’s BabaDemb area, two women who gate crashed into a wedding late afternoon to relish Wazawaan were also caught on suspicion of being burqa clad braid choppers.