A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. And one such hero is Shajila Abdulrahman.
Shajila is a cameraperson who was covering a Sangh Parivar Protest in Kerala over the entry of two women in Sabarimala temple.
But what special she did to be called as a HERO?
She became a social media sensation when Kerala’ Mathrubhumi newspaper published a photo of her continuing to shoot the protest in Thiruvananthapuram even after being attacked by the mob.
Shajila, holding back her tears, shared it with News18,
“I was shocked when I got that unexpected kick on my back. It was the worst experience in my professional career”
She kept capturing the protests relentlessly, even after she was abused and threatened at every step.
She was assigned to get reactions from BJP leaders about Bindu Ammini and Kanakadurga – to become the first women under 50 to enter the Sabarimala shrine since the Supreme Court verdict.
And she further added,
“I didn’t know where that kick came from. It caught me unaware 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”
Though Shajila is being treated for back and neck injuries in Thiruvananthapuram but says she is not afraid and would continue covering the party’s protest against the SC verdict.
Her courage made us recall the lines of the famous poem – Invictus
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody but unbowed.
Many people took social media to applaud her courage and determination
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
How many times people have rejected women to be hired in certain positions because they feel ‘Yeh Toh Ladkon Ka Kaam Hai’? Shajila has sent across a tight slap to all those people and their rudimentary thought process.
She has proved that our strength neither lies in our muscles nor in our gender. It lies in our courage, determination and persistence!