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    All-women separatist squads raid brothels in Kashmir Izhar Wani AFP August 30, 2005 http://www.metimes.com/articles/normal.php?StoryID=20050830-052651-6976r
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      All-women separatist squads raid brothels in Kashmir
      Izhar Wani
      AFP
      August 30, 2005

      http://www.metimes.com/articles/normal.php?StoryID=20050830-052651-6976r

      SRINAGAR, India -- A hardline Islamic women's
      separatist group said on Tuesday that it had begun
      raiding brothels in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir to stamp
      out "adultery and the flesh-trade".

      Aasiya Andrabi, head of the separatist
      Dukhtaran-e-Milat, or Daughters of Faith, announced
      over the weekend the formation of all-women squads to
      raid brothels in the Muslim-majority state.

      "We will expose those indulging in immoral
      activities," Andrabi, a fiery speaker who has in the
      past voiced admiration for Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin
      Laden, told the Current News Agency.

      "We raided several places in Srinagar on Monday after
      getting calls from people," she said, issuing an
      appeal to people to "arrest moral degradation".

      The women, traveling in three-wheel auto-rickshaws and
      cars, were staging the raids enveloped in head-to-toe
      veils in line with strict Islamic tradition, a witness
      said.

      Police in the state, where separatists have been
      waging a bloody battle against Indian rule since 1989,
      declined to comment.

      But they have been staging raids in Srinagar and other
      parts of the Kashmir Valley over the past few weeks on
      brothels and made several arrests.

      Andrabi, whose husband is in jail on charges of being
      a militant, supplied a mobile telephone number for
      people to call "whenever you are convinced a man or
      woman has entered some place to commit adultery".

      Adultery is illegal in the state and carries a
      potential jail term.

      "During one of the raids, the men immediately fled
      from the house but the women were caught and
      questioned," she said, adding that the group was
      seeking to persuade them to change their ways.

      Andrabi, 40, and mother of two sons, said that the
      group's members were able to free a woman from two men
      who had lured her into becoming a prostitute.

      Andrabi said that members had also swooped on
      restaurants and Internet cafes where they found
      teenage boys and girls. The group plans to talk to
      their parents.

      The group has earlier smeared black paint on racy
      Bollywood film posters portraying revealingly clad
      women.

      It has also been campaigning for women to veil
      themselves fully. The drive has been largely
      unsuccessful in the region that espouses a more
      liberal form of Islam.

      In a break with the past when attitudes toward mixing
      between the sexes were more conservative, younger
      people in Kashmir are frequently seen dating in
      restaurants and walking in parks.
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      More about Kashmir at:
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