Came across this brilliant video about a young Indian Muslim girl who was getting death threats for not wearing a burqa but refused to bow down and instead spoke up against this hooliganism. And I am more than convinced than ever that religion can make animals out of humans.
For nearly a year, Rayana had been receiving death threats from fundamentalists for not wearing the veil. Now, this 23-year old engineering graduate from Kasaragod has spoken out. “One man called me and threatened me. I got many such threatening letters, in that the man wrote that he will kill me,” said Rayana R Khasi, Engineering Graduate. Rayana received many threatening letters from Muslim fundamentalists for not wearing purdah. One of them clearly states that if she does not fall in line by the 26th of this month, she will be killed. After initial hesitation by the police to register a case, Rayana moved the High Court. The police have now arrested four persons who threatened her. One of the suspects is believed to be a member of Popular Front of India, the radical group that was involved in chopping off a lecturer’s hand last month. “The High Court of Kerala has directed Kasaragod police to give protection to the lady. On that basis, we have given her 24-hour protection,” said P Prakash, Superintendent of Police, Kasaragod. “It is actually Talibanisation, if you insist on a particular dress code,” said K K Shailaja, State Secretary, All India Democratic Womens’ Association (AIDWA). “This is a violation of not only fundamental rights but also human rights,” said Justice D Sridevi, Chairperson, Kerala Women’s Commission.
It is indeed a very bold step. And we should all support her. As I have written before if you dont speak up when your community is doing something wrong then you have no right to cry foul over victimization later. Further reading: In your face Mr. Religious fanatic! UPDATE: As expected, the state machinery is useless and she was targeted again. Here is the media report about the incident. And I tried finding any latest reports but couldn’t find anything. As usual the media has moved onto more meatier stories to milk.