At times it happens that we got to choose between our duty and our reaction to a particular situation. Something like that happened with Shajila Ali Fathima, a cameraperson who works for Kairali TV. She was covering the statewide protests against the entry of two women in Sabarimala temple. The entry of women aged between 10 to 50 years is not allowed in the temple but last year the Supreme Court decided against the rule. However, the priests do not let it happen and even the local population is not in favor of the decision. It led to protests all over the state.
Fathima was covering a protest in Kerala over the entry of two women in Sabarimala temple but she was allegedly misbehaved by some political workers in the state capital. While performing her duty, she was clearly seen in tears, which won several hearts after it went online.
“I was shocked when I got that unexpected kick on my back. It was the worst experience in my professional career.”
She further added:
I didn’t know where that kick came from. It caught me unawares and hurt my back. As I was writhing in pain, the attackers tried to snatch the camera, but I used all my strength to keep hold of it. I injured by neck in the melee.”
The news of her courage went on to the social media and became viral.
She can be seen here, clearly disturbed but continuing to shoot. Kudos to her bravery and professionalism. BJP/RSS leaders, call off your goons! Journalists aren’t going to be cowed down by them. pic.twitter.com/XGm8vgsqtq
— geeta seshu (@geetaseshu) January 3, 2019
However, Shajila later told Dool News that a BJP leader had later called to apologise to her.
After the news created buzz on social media, some praised her and some said that it is staged propaganda.
Well done keep it up get well soon
— wahabshahedahmed (@wahabshahedahme) January 3, 2019
— Simply Akhil (@akhilknambiar) January 4, 2019
I bow to such leftists.. and crib weals. More women got tortured by the commie Govt and right wing men were for killed… but see the narrative! Why tears of a woman Ayyappan devotee less than this lady?
— KnitPoliticker (@KnitPoliticker) January 3, 2019
It could be the leftists who could have arranged this as well and she could have been paid as well.. who knows.. there are different sides to a story… common… Haven’t u seen any movies at all????
— Aditii Suresh (@aditii_suresh) January 4, 2019
I personally seen the people who were on strike asking to allow women’s to Ayyappa temple. Those were not came by there one. Every one has brought by paying.
— Saravana $ Saru $ (@Saravana_Saruu) January 4, 2019
Shajila has said to keep on covering the protests no matter what. She is not scared of any political party and that is what gives her strength. This is very inspiring how she kept covering the agitations even after being allegedly roughed up. It is not the first time that the journalists faced this kind of treatment for simply doing their job. Is it right? Is it safe for journalists? Let’s know what do you think about it.