When it comes to religion, the most orthodox religion is Islam, wherein woman have many prohibitions. This has again been proved with a flash mob video doing the round.
Several flash mobs — a group dance that looks like an impromptu jig on a street — performed on December 1 at the Kottakkunnu junction, in front of a state bus depot, in Mallapuram. In one of the flash mobs were the three women dancing to Jimikki Kammal, a popular Malayalam film song. The health department of Malappuram district organised several events on AIDS awareness, among them the flash mobs.
Unsavoury comments were made on social media when the video started circulating. Those who backed the performance were not spared either. The women are students of Educare Dental College. They were among 50 students from the campus who were part of the AIDS awareness event.
Seeing all this, Kerala Women’s Commission on Wednesday asked police to take action against trolls who insulted three Muslim women college students who participated in a World Aids Day flash mob wearing hijab on December 1. Commission chairperson M C Josephine said the insults and sexually explicit social media attacks were an insult to the state and hurt the dignity of women and that the commission would take deterrent steps.
Meanwhile Nazer Faisy Koodathai, the general secretary of Samastha Kerala Sunni Students’ Federation, said a religion cannot be blamed for comments by orthodox elements of a community.
The video of the girls wearing headscarves had received bouquets and brickbats from various quarters while a section resorted to attacking the girls for breaking religious norms. Several Muslims have also gone to the extent of asking Fatwa on these girls. It is said that girls are being treated in this way, even in 21st century.
Imran, an IT employee said, “These girls did a good act. I do not think, it is against Islam. I feel today there are many self confessed Moulvis in internet, who decide what is right for women in Islam. If Muslims have to grow, we have to come out of this mindset. Only then, we will grow. Or else, we will not grow. Action should be taken against those, who are commenting cheap about these girls. Myself, being a Muslim, I am proud of these girls”.
Meanwhile a radio jockey in Doha, R J Sooraj, who appreciated the women’s courage, lashed out at the trolling against them. In the video uploaded on Facebook, Sooraj asked why were those who speak about the freedom of Hadiya (a Muslim convert whose nullified marriage is being heard by the Supreme Court) not respecting the freedom of these girls. He too came under fire from trolls.