Wear Burqa or face bullets, says Jabbar
13 September 2001
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: The Lashkar-e-Jabbar has threatened to shoot women who do not wear burqa from tomorrow. A man identifying himself as the spokesperson of the outfit called a local newspaper here and said that all Muslim women must adhere to the comprehensive Islamic dress code from tomorrow or else they would be shot at. The spokesperson asked the heads of women educational institutions and college principals to persuade their students to adopt the dress code. ''Otherwise, the Principals will bear the responsibility for the consequences'', he said. Lashkar''s renewed threatened came soon after Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, on Wednesday said that his government would not allow militants to enforce their own laws and code. ''Police have achieved a breakthrough by arresting some militants for imposing burqa. Investigations may lead to more arrests'', he had said. Lashkar- e-Jabbar has been campaigning for a comprehensive Islamic dress code for Muslim women in the valley over the past one month. The Lashkar had set September 10 deadline for Muslim women to adopt purdah. They had also asked Hindu women to apply bindi and Sikh women to cover their heads with a saffron cloth. Security forces have apprehensions that militants might use the burqa to smuggle arms and ammunition from one place to another. Senior officials admitted that they had information which indicated that militants would use burqa to shift arms.