The teenage girls wanted to perform at a Battle of the Bands, but an online hate campaign has made them quit music forever.
Posted on Feb 06, 2013 01:55 pm
Members of a female high-school rock band in India have been forced into hiding after an online hate campaign.
The band Pragaash, which means First Light, were labelled "prostitues" by the online backlash, where people accused them of "Western-style cultural waywardness."
They soon disbanded, but then decided to quit playing instruments altogether when a senior government cleric called them "indecent" and issues a Fatwa.
Their music teacher said: "First, the girls had decided to quit live performance due to an online hate campaign and concentrate on making an album. But after an edict by the government's own cleric, these girls are saying goodbye to music."
In their defence, one of the government's top officials wrote on "the talented teenagers should not let themselves be silenced by a handful of morons."
Their first plug gig was in December, where they came third in a Battle Of The Bands competition, but a debate soon erupted on social networks on whether it was appropriate for a female band to play in a Muslim region.
Many were supportive of the band, but some were abusive and called to ban them from the region.