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Journo faces online threat for posting about sexual abuse in madrassa

Kerala: A woman journalist working with a Malayalam newspaper in Kozhikode has come under online attack and abuse following her disclosure about alleged sexual exploitation of children in madrasas.

Rajeena post came after 2 minor girls goes missing from a local Madrasa in the coastal town of Bhatkal, and the same Madrasa teacher held accused who is also allegedly involved in raping another girl from the same Madrasa after kidnapping her earlier this month.

The journalist, VP Rajeena, incurred wrath on social media after she went public on Facebook on Sunday about the alleged happenings in madrasas which she claims to have witnessed during her childhood.

Ms Rajeena, in her post, narrated how teachers at that madrassa allegedly used to “inappropriately grope” both boys and girls who came for studies. The post touched a raw nerve and open threats on her Facebook page and in her message box.

According to reports Rajeena post led to a furore and she was flooded with obscene messages and open threats on her profile. Facebook reportedly closed down her account on Tuesday following mass reporting by her critics, but she managed to recover it. On Wednesday, the account was again blocked.

When contacted, Ms Rajeena said “My Facebook account was blocked following mass reporting. What I had said was no exaggeration but the truth and only the truth,” she told.


VP Rajeena Posted on her page saying
“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”.

Rajeena says she is facing wrath due to the fact that I am a woman from their community. They are scared of more women speaking out. Instead of taking me under attack, they should try to ensure that women must get justice against . Being silent about issues is not the solution”.

She also said if the threats continue, she would be forced to approach the police.