Social media platforms have exploded in the last few days after the school education department in Jammu and Kashmir banned the traditional Kashmiri attire Pheran in its zonal offices across the state. The news prompted Kashmiris to post their photos in the traditional attire to protest the state government’s order. IAS Topper and now Bhilwara SDM Tina Dabi Khan too is being applauded on social media for seemingly extending her support for Pheran. Tina is married to fellow IAS topper Athar Aamir Khan, who hails from Kashmir.
Tina and Aamir had got married earlier this year. Since then, the all India number 1 rank holder IAS officer changed her social media description to address her as a proud Kashmiri bahu (daughter-in-law). She later also added Khan in her surname.
Tina took to Instagram on Tuesday to inform her fans, over 2.5 lakh in numbers, how she had attended a meeting chaired by the district Collector. She wrote, “Glimpse of meeting taken by Collector Bhilwara and being attended by all SDMs and TDRs.” In the photo Tina Dabi Khan can be seen engrossed in her official meeting while wearing Pheran.
The eagle-eyed among her fans were quick to detect that Tina was attired in the traditional Kashmiri attire Pheran. One fan Shenaz Wani wrote, “We appreciate u wearing our traditional attire in such a meeting. Hope they didn’t tell you not to wear it like our own people.” Another user Hooroine wrote, ” can see you wearing pheran despite of pheran ban in kashmir! love ma’am.” “You are looking really pretty in Pheran,” said another user Sheezaa. Owais Ahmed commented, “Beautiful “kashmiri Pheran u are wearing.”
The state government’s order to ban Pheran had evoked angry reactions from prominent Kashmiris, who decided to post their photos wearing the same dress on social media platforms.
A small fairy in a pheran – a typical cloak and a kangri in hand. A glorious ambassador of Kashmiri culture. Pic credit Farhan. pic.twitter.com/ALpCClOl9X
— Mufti Islah (@islahmufti) December 19, 2018
— Dr G Nabi Qasba (@Drqasba) December 20, 2018
— Archana Solanki अर्चना सोलंकी ارچنہ سولنکی (@archana0809) December 19, 2018
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) December 20, 2018
Faced with growing social media outrage, the government was forced to withdraw its controversial order.