Kashmir’s first girl rock band has gone “underground” after moral police brigade posted abuses and threats on a social networking site in an apparent bid to silence them.
Praagaash, the three-member girls rock band comprising Farah Deeba as drummer, Aneeqa Khalid as bass player and Noma Nazir as guitarist and vocalist, had created waves by their scintillating performances in and outside Kashmir.
The band had last performed in December in Srinagar and it was only after that they started receiving online abuses. The abusive posts have been now removed.
After initially being afraid, the girls hit back saying they are alive and kicking, though underground. “Hey guys! Please don’t pay heed to any rumours. There was some misunderstanding. We did not quit or anything. We were just underground, have been working on our songs lately. Please share this message and keep supporting,” said Aneeqa on the Facebook page of Praagaash (From Darkness to Light) on Friday.
Their mentor Adnan Mohammad Mattoo aka Adnan Bloodrockz said he can understand their fear.
“Threats and abuses were posted on Facebook. They are small girls and obviously they were afraid. They felt if they will go out, somebody may do something. Though, I told them it is only a mail which
I also get, they are girls and I can understand (their fear),” he said adding the band is now working on an album which will soon hit the market in Kashmir.
The band has got support from netizens who have created a page, ‘I support Pragaash - Kashmir’s first all girls rock band,’. In the first hour, the page got 76 likes.