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Protests rock women's college, KU against braid chopping in Kashmir

Srinagar, Oct 7 (UNI) Protests erupted at Women’s college, M A road, in Srinagar and Kashmir University (KU) against an alarming increase in the braid chopping incidents in Kashmir valley.

Scores of students from Women’s college held a protest inside the premises of the educational institute against alleged failure of the government to curtail the braid chopping incidents.

Shouting slogans, the protesting students demanded that the culprits be immediately identified and brought to the books without any further delay so that they could again feel safe inside and outside their homes. “It is ironic that we no longer feel safe even inside our houses because many braid chopping incidents happened inside the residents of the victims. The authorities should arrest these culprits so that we again feel safe,” a protesting student said.

The students later dispersed peacefully and returned to their classes.

Similarly protests were witnessed in Kashmir University, where students from different departments staged a protest against the braid chopping incident in the valley.

Holding placards, which read, ‘stop braid chopping, save girls’, ‘End violence against women’, the students demanded that the braid chopping cases be investigated thoroughly and culprits brought to the book.

However, police claimed that victims and other civilian were not cooperation in the investigation making it hard to nab the culprits behind the incidents.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, central Kashmir, Ghulam Hassan Bhat on Friday appealed to the general public to cooperate with them to solve the mystery behind such incidents.

He claimed that the alleged braid choppers handed over to police were found to be innocent.

Protests and clashes erupted at various places in Kashmir, including summer capital, Srinagar, on Friday against alarming increase in braid chopping incidents in the Valley.

So far over 43 braid chopping incidents have been reported in the Valley. Many women have stopped going to morning and evening walks due to the scare of braid chopping in many areas in Kashmir.

With no headway in any of the braid chopping cases, police on October 1 doubled the reward money to Rs 6 lakh for giving information or assistance in nabbing any person found involved in braid chopping. The helplines have also been established in every district of the valley.