A senior journalist for a prominent Malayalam newspaper, faced flak on Facebook, after she wrote an account on her wall about the sexual abuse her classmates had to face in a madrassa years ago. The journalist's account has been blocked and she has been consistently receiving threats, reported The News Minute. VP Rajeena, in her Facebook post, claims to have seen inappropriate conduct at her Madrassa.
Rajeena works as a sub-editor with Madhyamam, a Malayalam news daily. On 24 November, Rajeena gave a graphic account of what transpires in a madrassa, where young children are repeatedly exploited by the teachers.
According to The Indian Express, the write-up was triggered by a controversy surrounding gender segregation in a college in Kozhikode run by Muslim management. The Hindu reported that she was forced to use social networks because she felt that Muslim women were facing a denial of justice on many levels. The paper quoted her saying, "The suppressed anger of so many years might have also come out through the post."
According to The Indian Express, Rajeena wrote on her Facebook about how 'a bulky middle-aged man' made boys stand in a line, calling them to his seat one after the other, unzipping their trousers and touching them inappropriately. She also recounted how an ustad (teacher) used to abuse the girls during the night classes. Facebook exploded with nasty comments and threats against Rajeena.
The News Minute quotes Rajeena saying, "I am 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 been denigrated in to a fight against me. I have been called an anarchist and someone with an agenda to defame a particular religion."
Rajeena's posts on Facebook:
("Curses... Abuses... Venom spewing... Let everything befall on me. But I am least afraid because Allah is with me. And so, even if the whole world turns against me, I will not fear. It is becoming clearer that whatever I did was the correct thing. Even my life is at stake. History is replete with such stories of annihilation of voices that dissent. I am ready to face that.")
Rajeena said, "My Facebook account was blocked following mass reporting. What I had said was no
exaggeration but the truth and only the truth," and added that her motives were questioned and efforts were made to present it as an attack on religion.
with inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Nov 26, 2015 14:09 PM