Militants demand open Internet cafes in Kashmir
25 April 2007
The Daily Times
Srinagar: An Islamic rebel group in Indian Kashmir has demanded that Internet cafes demolish closed-door cabins for users, claiming they are being used for licentious purposes. The Al Badr Mujahideen group, which has claimed responsibility for many attacks on Indian troops, issued no deadline and did not say what action it would take if its demands were disobeyed. The cabins in Internet cafes facilitate immoral activities. They should be abolished, the group said in a telephone statement to Current News Service, a local media agency. There are hundreds of Internet cafes throughout the Himalayan state and many have cabins with doors and room for two people to sit. Police said they had received complaints in the past that couples were viewing pornographic sites and behaving in an intimate fashion in the cabins. Last year, Dukhtaran-e-Milat raided some Internet cafes and destroyed equipment to prevent, what it said, were immoral activities.