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All-girl Kashmiri rock group disbands after Fatwa

The only all-girls rock band in Kashmir has decided to call it quits after the region's Grand Mufti issued a religious decree calling the girls' music "un-Islamic".

Although the teenage girls have remained tight-lipped about the fatwa, friends have told the Press Trust of India that they have decided to quit singing and music altogether.

The girls' band 'Pragaash' (Light) had defied convention by stepping into the male-dominated field but faced online threats and abuses from conservative segments of society.

The Grand Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad issued a decree over the weekend terming singing as un-Islamic.

"I have said, singing is not in accordance with Islamic teachings," Ahmad said.

He said, he has advised the members of the group to abandon singing as "it is against Islamic teachings and will not help them in playing any constructive role in the society."

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was among a large number of people who came out in support of the girls.

Omar even reportedly dismissed the decree on his Twitter page but removed the Tweet later.

The teenage girls who came to limelight in December last year after their scintillating performance at the annual 'Battle of the Bands' competition in Kashmir received online threats and absurd comments, forcing them to keep a low profile.

Though there are dozens of bands currently playing popular music of different genres in the valley, the girls – vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, drummer Farah Deeba and guitarist Aneeka Khalid – and won the best performance award in their first public appearance.

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