22-year-old Azniya Ashmin, a law student from Kerala in Nadapuram in Kozhikode district who decided to take on Islamic fundamentalists who have been cyber bullying her for the past few days, for supposedly not abiding by the rules of the religion.
Azniya, who studies in a Bengaluru college, filed a complaint with the Nadapuram police on Thursday against a number of IUML and MSF activists for circulating derogatory messages on online messaging platforms. The police registered an FIR under section 354. Nadapuram Sub-Inspector Abhilash said that since the case pertains to cyber bullying, the offenders will only be taken into custody after a thorough verification of evidence.
“This has been going on for a couple of years now. This is what the people of Nadapuram do when they see someone, especially a girl, living on her own terms. I have always had friends – both men and women – from outside the religion I was born into. I took part in cultural activities including dance. None of this went down well with the custodians of Islam,” Azniya said.
On February 14th, Azniya posted a picture of her friends on Facebook. Many people already questioned her that why has she not covered her head and why is wearing a Bindi? “These people then began to circulate my photographs on several WhatsApp groups, saying that I shall not be allowed to continue defaming the religion and that I was hanging around with Thiyya men.
They also attached a voice note along with the photograph, with all my personal details. Two fake Facebook pages also surfaced, which re-published the photographs I have shared on my personal profile and showered abusive comments on them,” Azniya says. Azniya slammed the so-called “protectors” of the religion, accusing them of communalism.