Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are right. India is indeed very intolerant.
A woman journalist who claimed to have witnessed sexual exploitation of children in madrasas in her childhood received a torrent of abuse on her Facebook page.
Such was the anger against her for exposing the condemnable actions in the some madrasas in Kerala that Facebook blocked her page following mass reporting by those criticizing her.
VP Rajeena, who works for a Malayalam newspaper, posted details about the horrific child abuse in the madrasas on her Facebook page. The News Minute reported that on November 22 she wrote how the teachers used to “grope” the boys inappropriately after making them unzip and abused the girls during power cuts.
Her post drew the ire of thousands. There were messages both obscene and threatening. The News Minute published a post containing some of the comments she received.
When contacted, Rajeena told PTI, “My Facebook account was blocked following mass reporting. What I had said was no exaggeration but the truth and only the truth.”
“I am a woman, a Muslim woman that too and a journalist, so such a revelation from me was unacceptable for many. What should have lead to a healthy debate on child sexual abuse has denigrated to a fight against me. I have been called an anarchist and someone with an agenda to defame a particular religion.”
The anger against her has not subsided.
She also said if the threats continue, she would be forced to approach the police. Rajeena said her motives were questioned and efforts were made to present it as an attack on the religion.
When she was able to regain access to her account momentarily on Wednesday, Rajeena posted this message showing her dauntlessness.
(Cries for death, spitting venom, curses – let them all go on. I’m not the least afraid. Because with me is Allah. Which is why I am not scared even if the whole world turns against me. What I did is turning out to be more and more right. My life could be in grave danger. There are several instances in history when we have seen uprisings against the established order being quelled. I am getting prepared to confront that, if that’s the way it is. That will be the fuel that will set ablaze your closed hearts.)
Her account was finally back online on Thursday. Though she is still facing a wave of backlash against her, there are some who praised her courage.
India’s level of intolerance is rising faster than the economic condition. Of course, a constructive debate is much warranted.