‘Sadbhavana tour’, an army initiative conducted for the last fifteen years to integrate the Kashmiri society with the rest of the country, encourages students and civillians to fan the desire for firmer integration with the nation. As reported by NDTV, It was for the first time that girl students from Srinagar went on a Sadbhavana tour.
30 Kashmiri school girls happened to be the first group to come back from the army sponsored tour to Delhi and Agra on 16th December 2015. Having been subjected to online threats and abuses, the teenagers showcased a brave expression of indifference to these abusers.
Some students have so claimed that they won’t care about what the abusers are posting on social networking sites. The girls were horrifically threatened online by abusers who cursed them of not being eligible to get married to any man along with a criticism to their families to have dared to send their daughters to such a a tour.
Separatist groups such as Dukhtaran-e-Millat, headed by Asiya Andrabi, released statements, criticizing girls and their families. After the return of the school girls from their meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee and the visit to historic places and institutions, the Army has expressed its solemn concern over the online abuse and has asked the civil societies to take a note of the threats and the filthy language being used against these teenage girls.
A Lt. General from the GOC 15 Corps has expressed his views on the freedom of opinion of each individual and the need for civil socities to take stock of whether they should allow young girls to be subjected to such trauma.