Unveiled woman attacked by LeJ activists
11 September 2001
The Asian Age
Srinagar: An unveiled woman was on Tuesday attacked by activists of Lashker-e- Jabbar this afternoon in the heart of Srinagar in a bid to enforce its controversial burqa drive, official sources said here. The woman, identified as Kulsooma, a resident of M F Badyari locality in interior Srinagar, was stopped by two youths at Nai Sarak in Kralikhud police station area and sprinkled coloured water on her face, they said. Policemen deployed in the city immediately arrested a suspected youth, identified as Fayaz Ahmad, from the scene after the incident. However, local residents said Fayaz was an innocent auto-driver while the two unidentified youths involved in the attack had fled. This was the first action carried out by LeJ against unveiled women after its deadline for women to wear burqa (veil) ended yesterday. LeJ is a lesser known militant outfit which made its mark in Kashmir only last month when it launched the burqa drive by carrying out acid attack on two unveiled women in downtown Srinagar and later set the deadline. Barring a few radical secessionist outfits, all political, social, militant and secessionist outfits strongly criticised the group for its diktat and the acid attack. Even the radical outfits which supported the burqa campaign, described the acid attack as ''unislamic action''.