September 2001 News

Use bindi to identify yourself: Militants to Hindu women

8 September 2001
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Close on the heels of issuing a diktat to Muslim women to wear burqa (veil), militant outfit Lashker-e-Jabbar, on Saturday asked non- Muslim women living in Kashmir to apply bindi on their foreheads and don saffron-coloured duppatas for identification and exempted them from wearing burqa. Ignoring the criticism of its move to enforce Islamic dress code for Muslim women, Lashker-e-Jabbar, a lesser known militant outfit which made its mark in Kashmir only last month when it launched the burqa drive, asked Hindu and Sikh ''sisters'' to have some identification marks to avoid any action proposed by it against Muslim women who are without veils. In a brief statement issued in Srinagar on Saturday, the militant outfit asked Hindu women to apply bindi on their foreheads and Sikh sisters to wear saffron-coloured duppatas. Lashker-e-Jabbar also confirmed a directive to the transporters to reserve 50 per cent seats in their vehicles for women to discourage travelling of men and women together in one seat. Meanwhile, the deadline set by the outfit for Muslim women to wear burqa is due to expire on Monday. The deadline was extended on September 1 by 10 days by the outfit following request by like-minded and radical women''s organisation, Dukhtaran-e-Millat (daughters of faith).


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