"At the last moment the government threatened action against the hotel if they allowed the event to proceed," the spokesman said.

Rai termed the move as ridiculous, saying authorities were trying to silence her voice.

"Kashmir is a sensitive place and the lecture too was of sensitive nature. The organizers should have requested for proper permission, which they did not," Deputy Commissioner, Farooq Shah said.

JKCCS claimed the talk was then held at its office and Rai addressed a ‘limited’ audience on ‘Languages of Violence, Languages of Justice: the State and Insurgent Kashmir’.

The society said under the law, there was no requirement for any permission for holding such an event at a private venue.


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