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People are Posting Pictures of Themselves in Kashmiri Attire to Protest the Pheran Ban

The Pheran ban in zonal offices in Kashmir has triggered a wave of protests, terming the ban as a 'cultural onslaught.'

Raka Mukherjee | News18.com@RakaMukherjeee

Updated:December 20, 2018, 8:30 AM IST
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People are Posting Pictures of Themselves in Kashmiri Attire to Protest the Pheran Ban
The Pheran ban in zonal offices in Kashmir has triggered a wave of protests, terming the ban as a 'cultural onslaught.'

The school education department banned the traditional the Kashmiri attire ‘Pheran’ in its zonal offices in Kashmir. The development came in the backdrop of a similar ban on the Pheran in the civil secretariat (Srinagar) where the commoners visiting the administrative departments have to give it up at the main gate.

This move has triggered public outcry with people calling it a "Cultural onslaught."

Omar Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, also spoke out about this.

This move also sparked rage on social media - people started posting pictures of themselves in traditional the Kashmiri attire to protest the #PharanBan.

The movement has picked up traction on social media, with people posting pictures using the hashtag #SayNoToPharanBan.

People also have an important point about how it is not just a piece of clothing, but a traditional and cultural item - and banning it is not ideal. They also point out how it was okay for actors in movies to wear them, but not for people in real life.

Following this outrage on social media, the government order prohibiting officials from wearing a pheran and slippers on official visits was withdrawn.

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