Following incidents of violence against tourist and locals in the state, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said braid-chopping incidents are attempts to create mass hysteria and undermine the dignity of the women in the state.
Two tourists returning to Srinagar from Gulmarg were beaten up by miscreants on suspicion of being braid-choppers on Thursday.
She held a meeting with top police and civil officers to discuss the hysteria that has engulfed the entire Kashmir valley where innocent people were being thrashed by mobs of miscreants.
Mehbooba said, “Government will ensure steps are taken to find the motives behind these attacks.”
Former chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said in a tweet, “The Govt needs to do something quickly to regain control of the narrative because right now it just looks like a bystander.”
Omar tweeted; “This is insane. What good are pretty YouTube videos if we are going to beat up the few visitors that we do get.”
Mehbooba has been cornered by the opposition and the separatists on the issue of braid-chopping. After a shutdown in Kashmir last week, the separatists have given call for “march to Pologround” on the issue.
Miscreants had last week heckled six foreign tourists, including two women, in Srinagar. However, they were rescued by the police. Incidents of innocent people being thrashed on the suspicion of being braid-choppers were pouring in every day.
The police is now going tough with rumour-mongers and has arrested five miscreants in this connection.
Meanwhile, the J&K State Women Commission on Thursday asked the police to seek cooperation of the civil society against braid-chopping.
Following an open session on the issue, the commission stressed that the police needs to build confidence among the public that the claims of mysterious hands behind such incidents was not factual.
The Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of police should share outcome of their findings in such cases with the Commission on regular basis.
The top brass of the police need to sensitise their officials at the middle and lower rung to take the reports of braid-chopping very seriously, as the confusion and chaos on this account has the potential of vitiating peace in the valley, the commission added.