Woman Journalist Abused & Attacked By BJP Workers But Still Seen Doing Her Duty !! RESPECT !!

Written by Dhiwaharan Published on Jan 04, 2019 | 17:34 PM IST | 133

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A woman journalist was allegedly heckled by protesting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on 2 January in Thiruvananthapuram after violence to protest the entry of two women of menstrual age into the Sabarimala temple on Wednesday, 1 January, virtually brought the state down to its knees.

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A photo of a man pointing his finger at Shajila Ali Fathima, a cameraperson with Kairali TV, and a subsequent photo of a crying Shajila went viral on Twitter.

She was repeatedly attacked and abused allegedly by protesting BJP workers after two women entered the revered Sabarimala temple early on Wednesday morning.

Shajila was photographed with tears in her eyes and still holding up her camera to shoot the protests in Thiruvananthapuram as the state boiled over the women of menstruating age entering the temple that has traditionally banned their entry.

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Protests and a shutdown called by Sabarimala Karma Samithi, an umbrella organisation of various pro-Hindutva groups, and the Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP), have brought the state to its knees with hundreds of protestors running amok.

Several journalists staged a march in the state capital on Thursday to protest against the assault they were subjected to since Wednesday.

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The state was under siege as strike supporters clashed with police and the ruling CPI(M) activists at several places.

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“I was shocked when I got that unexpected kick on my back. It was the worst experience in my professional career,” Shajila Abdulrahman, a cameraperson who was covering a Sangh parivar protest in Kerala over the entry of two women in Sabarimala temple, says holding back her tears.

She was heckled, abused and threatened with dire consequences but her camera had kept rolling. A cameraperson wih Kairali Television, she had been assigned to get reactions from BJP leaders about Bindu Ammini and Kanakadurga’s historic feat of offering prayers at the Sabarimala shrine, becoming the first women under 50 to enter the sanctum sanctorum since the Supreme Court verdict.

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The protest she was covering in Thiruvananthapuram, one of many across the state, had been organised against the entry of the two women.

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“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,” she recalled.

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Shajila, is being treated for back and neck injuries in Thiruvananthapuram, but says she is not afraid of the BJP and would continue covering the party’s protest against the SC verdict.

Here’s how social media reacted to this shameful incident :

In Thrissur, three BJP activists were stabbed during a clash with workers of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of Popular Front of India, a militant Islamic outfit, police told PTI.

A 55-year-old man, who was seriously injured when CPI (M) workers hurled stones at protesters from atop their party office at Pandalam in Pathanamthitta district, died late Wednesday night.

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