Kashmir men and women have taken to the internet to protest a decision by the school education department to ban the traditional Kashmiri attire ‘pheran’ in their zone offices.
Officials in the Indian-administered Kashmir reversed the decision after mass outcry on social media.
"All officials visiting the office are advised to visit in proper dress code during any official visit. It is recommended that no official will visit this office wearing pheran, traditional trousers and slipper/plastic shoes," a recent circular said.
In response to such a decision, which many thought was a form of cultural oppression, Kashmiri people protested by sharing images of themselves wearing the pheran. This is a long cloak worn by both men and women.
Hands off my #pheran. A time when choosing the most sensible piece of clothing to brave the cold becomes an act of… https://t.co/mrWoiZdmWU
The ban was eventually reversed, but it shows a much bigger problem in the region. Kashmir is the site of much tension as it remains under the rule of Delhi following the collapse of the coalition government.