Shahin Jojo is in the eye of a media storm, a social one at that.
What’s making her see red is the “Save Hadiya, freedom for Hadiya”, posts splashed across social media by the very same zealots who killed her spirit and denied her right to see her own mother!
The young woman’s decision in 2005 to marry a Christian brought on her the wrath of an entire clan with her mamas, moothuppas and kochappas (uncles) banning her from their homes and declaring her an outcast for defying tradition. They even forbade her from seeing her mother.
Apparently, she still restrains herself from seeing that one beloved face for fear of retribution. Shahin has bared her anguish through this one powerful post.
Angst-ridden and surcharged with punch and sarcasm, her viral Facebook post is sure to raise the hackles of a lot many who change color according to the dictates of convenience rather than conscience.
The young woman is justifiably bugged by the clamor for Hadiya’s freedom and it’s against this scenario that Shahin’s post assumes significance. She has held up a mirror to reflect the double standard of religious zealotry.
Hadiya too defied societal constraints to go in for an inter-faith marriage and ever since, she has been hogging the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
The very same hardcore religious faithful are now crying themselves hoarse demanding that Hadiya should be made free, a truth Shahin finds hard to digest. The post is being widely debated with Facebookers ready to raise a storm on social media.