Protests erupt in Singpora Pattan against braid chopping of woman


SRINAGAR: Protests erupted in Pattan area of Baramulla district in north Kashmir on Thursday after a woman’s braid was chopped off by two motorcycle-borne persons.

Reports said that two persons cut the braid of a woman inside her house in Singhpora area of Pattan.

“Her mother-in-law raised an alarm following which locals rushed towards the house and nabbed the attackers,” said a local.

However, people staged protests and blocked the traffic on the highway after police took both the alleged braid choppers in their custody.

Police have so far been clueless about the dozens of hair cutting incidents that are being reported on daily basis from different parts of the Valley.

Police has also doubled the cash reward on information leading to arrest of braid choppers. “Any person with credible information on braid choppers will be awarded Rs 6 lakh,” said an official.

A helpline has also been established so that “people could inform and seek assistance with regard to any braid cutting incident.”

To speed up the investigation process, Special Investigation Teams (SITs) have also been constituted in every district headquarters of the valley.