Braid-chopping scare triggers 40% drop in business

Braid-chopping scare triggers 40% drop in business

With rising braid-chopping incidents scaring women away from the market place, business in the Kashmir valley has dropped by more than 40% in the last two weeks.

“It is the women who do the shopping,” pointed out Muhammad Yasin Khan, chairman of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), the amalgam of all trade bodies in the valley. “Therefore, there is hardly any footfall of women in the market place since these incidents (of braid-chopping) began.”

He slammed the government for keeping “mum” on the issue that is spreading fear psychosis across Kashmir. “Calling it (braid-chopping) mass hysteria is no solution,” Khan said. “Protecting the citizens is government’s responsibility.”

President, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation, Bashir Ahmad Rather said businesses are worst-hit due to the prevailing situation “as nobody these days prefers to visit markets or even venture outside homes, unless necessary.”

*Traders report significant decline in women's footfall in market
*A mob in Sopore tried setting a mentally challenged man ablaze on suspicions that he was a braid chopper
*Kashmir IGP refutes charges that security forces recruited braid choppers to terrorise people

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