First braid chop incident in Border area Uri.

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In a first incident of braid chopping in border area of Uri in Baramulla district, suspected braid choppers in the wee hours of Wednesday chopped the hair of a teenage girl at Bandi area of the township, local sources said. Uri has a massive military presence.

The victim girl was identified as Shaista Karim, daughter of Abdul Karim. She is 18 years old.

The mother of the teenage girl told media that she along with her daughter were sleeping in a room in ground floor of their under construction house and  around 2:30 am in the morning, Rashida Begum, the mother of the girl said, “My daughter went to washroom to attend the call of nature. As soon as she went closer to the washroom, two men came down the stairs from our second floor. As my daughter tried to escape one of the two men caught hold of her and blocked her mouth with his hand, while the other person cut off her hair.” They later ran away.

The victim girl, Shaista said that she saw two men in army fatigues who came rushing to her. “They were in army uniform and wore army boots (black colour),” she said. “The footprints of the army shoes are still on the stair cases and second floor of our under construction house.”

Meanwhile, MLA Uri, Muhammad Shafi has condemned the braid chopping incident. He demanded immediate inquiry into the incident.

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