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Srinagar fashion show sparks protest, organiser says it gives showbiz platform to youth

The fashion show, with more than 30 male and female models, was held at Srinagar's Tagore Hall, and organisers said over 500 guests attended it.

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Srinagar: A non-governmental organisation (NGO), the All Jammu and Kashmir Youth Society (AJKYS) organised, what it termed as, the “first of its kind” fashion show, in Srinagar Saturday.

The organisers of the event, which was held at Srinagar’s Tagore Hall, said that more than 500 guests attended the show in which more than 30 male and female models walked the ramp.

The fashion show, however, led to a “silent march” by a group of Kashmiri women in Srinagar today. The protestors clarified that they weren’t part of any organisation and had spontaneously gathered to oppose the event because it allegedly sets a wrong precedent for the youth in Kashmir.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police did not clarify whether permission for the demonstration was granted by authorities since protests in the Valley have largely been disallowed since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.

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Ticket to Bollywood

Advocate Sajid Yousuf, president of the AJKYS, who also runs a local web portal, the Real Kashmir News, termed the show a success and said that the event was held to provide career opportunities in modelling and Bollywood to the local youth.

“Many among the youth in Kashmir want a career in modelling and Bollywood, but cannot go to Mumbai because of the expenses involved. Such events will give them a platform here in Kashmir,” Yousuf told ThePrint Sunday.

Yousuf also said that his organisation held several other events in different parts of Kashmir, including cricket leagues and music events.

“In Karnah, we are organising a cricket league. Likewise, we held similar events in other parts of Kashmir, including in Pulwama, but the fashion show is the first of its kind. Bollywood designer Rajdeep Sardesai and super model Soni Kaur were among the judges,” Yousuf added.

Yousuf also said that the protest held in Srinagar was against a fashion show, but the protesters had not named his organisation. He also said that the protest did not matter to him.

“If you listen to one of the women protesters, she says that they had come voluntarily and were not forced. I don’t think that is the case. Who arranged for the transportation for the women? Who arranged the march? Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter.”

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Not just about clothes

Srinagar SSP Sandeep Choudhary did not respond to calls or messages from The Print. However, a senior police officer on condition of anonymity said, “Nearly 40 women gathered in the Nehru Park area and planned to march to the Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC). They were, however, turned back before reaching the destination. We have learnt that the women are followers of a cleric from Budgam.”

However, the cleric when contacted, refused to be identified, and claimed the protestors were not affiliated to him.

A woman interviewed by local news portals was quoted as saying, “They said that the fashion show was related to clothes only, but Kashmir being a Muslim-majority region [the show] has created unrest among us. We have come here to ask for our rights and oppose the fashion show because today this is about clothes, but tomorrow our girls can be forced into prostitution or something more dangerous.”

(Edited by Poulomi Banerjee)

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  1. She like to be slave of mullah and cleric or millitant but not an independent women ,such a asshole thinking i never seen who trying to hide lower thinking in the name of religion.

  2. If you are trying to modernise yourself at the cost of your culture, it’s not modernisation, the better term for it will be Robberisation.

  3. We are always ready to die for the sake of Islam
    These cultural activities / Fashion Show are openly Anti-Muslim / Anti-Islam Move
    Deliberately done by the administration. They are working so that our youth particularly (Kashmir Youths) to divert attention… As we are living in Conflict Zone.
    All are aware what has been happened with Spain..

  4. Being nude or wearing half clothes dnt make uh modern lol they are stupid
    Stupid are people like you
    Who call wearing clothes like its better not to wear modernization

  5. I wonder about the lady who said that today ‘s fashion show would turn the entire ethos of Fashion Industry into Prostitution, Can she be a more specific. I mean don’t just say things just bcoz you have to speak, and for your kind information our girls n boys are not that naive that they instead of looking up to the people who have made fortune in fashion & film industry would look out for prostitutes as their role models. Your this thought has given me every right to me & speculate that you yourself are not sure abouts your own future. Reason being your insecurity with life…..Girl n Haters Go have life

  6. Yes @SmasherOfDefunctIdeas, let them come into the 21st century and let them strip. These 6th century people are not human, they are garbage and their ideas and traditions and values are garbage. We in 21st century are far better than those people and we know how to deliver democracy and freedom to those 6th century people. Let them go directly to 22nd century instead, where in they get the opportunity to create red light districts of Amsterdam, here in India.

  7. It is not all about centuries…
    It’s about integrity, and morals… Being Muslims living in muslim majority place, we are not allowed to go into such vulgarity.. Our religion has given women topmost place n honour.. Women are like covered and secured gem… Everyone is not allowed to see it… Events like such are conveying wrong message to muslim sisters..
    U will only realize it when u will be facing same thing.. When someone will come and disrespect your religion on the name of fashion.. When your sisters will be forced to wear clothes against your norms and against your religion.. When they will be forced not to wear saari n teeka… Then u will realize how it looks… It cannot be ignored.. Today it was fashion.. Tomorrow it can be bigger thing.. We highly condemn it.

  8. Fashion had its place in society even in ancient Egypt and the Indus valley civilization. (information – courtesy, Wikipedia)
    In the times of the Pharaohs in Egypt, wigs, made from human hair supplemented with date palm fiber, were worn by the wealthy of both sexes. For special occasions, both men and women could top their wigs with cones of perfumed fat that would melt to release their fragrance and condition the hair. Jewelry was very popular in ancient Egypt in classes of people. Jewelry was worn for its aesthetic function. The Egyptian prefered bright colours, lustrous stones and precious metals. Gold was won in large quantities in the eastern desert of Egypt, but also came from Nubia, a colony of Egypt. As silver was rare and came from Asia, it was often considered more precious than gold.
    In the Indus Valley civilization, the role of clothing as portrayed in Indian art is not to hide or clothe the body, but to adorn it, like jewellery and to accentuate its sensuous attributes.
    Both men and women wore ornaments made of gold, silver, copper and other metals. Rich people wore expensive ornaments made of gold while the poor had ornaments made of shell, bone or copper.
    The ladies of Mohen-jo-daro were not lagging behind in styles as used by the ladies of the present day, when it came to the use of cosmetics and the attainment of beauty. Among other items, materials made of ivory and metal for holding and applying oval mirrors, ivory combs of various shapes, even small dressing tables, have been found at Mohen-jo-daro and other sites. Women tied the hair into a bun and used hair pins made of ivory. Toilet jars, found at Mohen-jo-daro, show that women took interest in cosmetics.

    Tail piece: Who defines how much “free” is free?

  9. Islamic sharia ruling Kashmir from past 40 years, they have burnt down all movie theaters, closed Bars and sake of liquor and forced Hijab on women and finally most importantly killed all Hindus and wiped out all Hindu temples , this is standard practice Muslims doing from past 1400 years, only Hindus are fools to think about Brotherhood and peace , whenever, wherever Muslims becomes majority, this is what will happen, History through out the world is witness.

    • I think u r und bagkht
      Go and study the history once agin and then commit about Islam
      I think,You have not even see the one page of islamic history

    • Closing down bars and liquor shops to save people and closing down cinemas which promote objectification of women and nudity isn’t a bad thing. We know how much you’re burning inside to see Muslims also suffering like you yourselves are, because of alcohol and nudity. Never has anyone forced anyone to wear hijab in Kashmir. Look at century old photos and movies from Kashmir and you’ll see women with and without hijab.
      Hindus were not killed but they left Kashmir when Jagmohan warned them of possible bombing of Kashmir. They fled and left their Muslim brotherhood to die. Had this been the practice of Muslims, there would be no non-muslims living in India and Spain at this time. Presence of non muslims in countries like India and Spain is a proof of falsehood of your statements. Now that India is becoming a Hindu country under Modi and Yogi rule, the world is witnessing your “brotherhood and peace”.

  10. No march against lads who join terrorist organisations?
    These ‘protesting’ women must be all wearing burkhas or worse!!

  11. Giving way to things which can’t be tolerated at any cost. Movies like Great grand masti, Wajah tum ho provide testimonies for how much our actors care about ethics and morality. We have musics “tu cheez badi hay mast mast” objectifying women in quite shamefull way. Ironically I never came across any pseudo-femminist denouncing such acts. Rising rape menace has roots in Bollywood which is damn reality.

    • Cant be tolerated because you need good education to get tolerance, Madrassah brilliance has high ranked kashmir to indias top female foeticide state and lowest gender ratio. Rapes happen because women are scared of their family honor, silent women cant report rapes. Aurat ki izzat safed chadar hn, Jeans pehni toh tawaif hn, This patriarchial mindset is behind rape, its not the dress its the stone age mentality. Hope that goes in

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