Kashimiri band Pragaash: another victim of religious fanaticism

The Kashimiri all-girls band Pragaash has now joined the likes of Lady Gaga, Madonna and the Beatles whose music has been sought to be silenced by various religious fanatics.
  • Pragaash performs in Srinagar on 2 February 2013. The Grand Mufti Bashir-u-Din has issued a fatwa against the first all-girl-band from Kashmir citing that music is not good for the society and the girls should inculcate better values. PTI
  • Shahin Najafi, an Iranian singer and rapper, was issued a fatwa for his song Ay Naghi which was interpreted as insulting to Shia Islam’s 10th Imam. $100,000 was offered to anyone who killed the artist. Wikimedia Commons
  • Members of Pussy Riot (in picture), a Russian punk-rock band, were arrested in Moscow with charges of hooliganism and religious hatred for their video Punk Prayer - Mother of God, Chase Putin Away! AFP
  • Lady Gaga has faced ostracization for her songs’ lyrics. While the South African Council of Churches, reportedly, termed her songs to have a bad impact, in Philippines, her song Judas was cited as offensive to Jesus Christ. AFP
  • File photo of John Lennon on 17 May 1971. Lennon’s comments that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus” in 1966, sparked protests in US, Mexico, South Africa and Spain and their music was banned from the radio stations. AFP
  • American rock band Marilyn Manson was banned in Utah after the band’s frontman ripped apart the Book of Mormon during a concert. AFP
  • In 1989, the Vatican wanted Madonna banned from performing in Italy after it deemed her video Like A Prayer as blasphemous. AFP
  • In 2009, Beyonce, was stopped from entering Malaysia and her show was postponed following accusations by some Islamic conservatives that the show was immoral. AFP