Kashmir girl band quits after fatwa
SRINAGAR (AFP) - An all-girl teenage rock band from Indian-administered Kashmir has decided to split after the region's top Muslim cleric declared their music to be "un-Islamic", their manager said on Tuesday.
Pragaash, a three-piece group whose members are still in high school, had been the target of an online hate campaign ever since winning a "Battle of the Bands" contest in December.
But after initially insisting they would continue making music, they have now called its quits after the Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, Bashiruddin Ahmad, branded them as "indecent" and issued a fatwa calling for them to disband.
"After the fatwa the girls decided to quit and disband," Mr Adnan Mattoo, the band's manager, said in brief comments to AFP.