Protests will continue and intensify: Asiya tells Azad
Srinagar, May 10: Dukhtaran-e-Millat (Daughters of Faith) Chief Asiya Andrabi today rejected Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's appeal seeking an end to the ongoing protests over the sex scandal which has rocked the Valley for the past several days.
''The protests will not only continue in the entire Kashmir valley, but intensify as well,'' Ms Andrabi told UNI here.
She said the protests were not held against the women, but those involved in the sex racket and against the government.
''In fact, Mr Azad's own people have been discredited. Some ministers, politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen are involved in the scandal and they have brought disrepute to the entire Kashmiri society. That is why he is saying this,'' Ms Andrabi added.
''The people at the helm were getting nervous over the protests.
A fear has gripped the government that several of its own people would get exposed. Otherwise, they have no concern for the women,'' she alleged.
Earlier, Mr Azad had appealed to the people to put an end to the protests over the sex scandal as these would give a bad name to the Kashmiri society in the entire country and the world as well.
He also called upon the people to unitedly wage a war against all the social evils in the society.
''Almost all the social evils have reached Kashmir during the past 16 years of militancy. We are already known in the world for militancy and gun. The 16 years of militancy has brought along several social evils such as drugs, alcoholism, gambling and sex-related crimes,'' the Chief Minister said.
Attempts should be made to improve the image of the Kashmiri society worldwide, Mr Azad said and added that resorting to protests over the sex scandal would further damage that picture.
''There is no fun to stage protests on the roads everyday when a CBI probe has already been ordered. Let us close the chapter and not divert the attention from other important matters. By such protests, we are not giving a good picture of the Kashmiri society,'' he said.
''We should immediately stop display of our women in such a bad light. The protests have brought disrepute to the Kashmiri society.
All Kashmiris are being put in one category only,'' Mr Azad.