In order to create awareness about AIDS, three girls from Kerela’s Malappuram performed a flash mob. Of course, the netizens had a reaction to it. It seems as though almost everything we do or don’t do is being attacked by the social media police these days, and it was no different for these girls either.
Multiple videos and photos of these three dental college students dancing to the song Entammede Jimikki Kammal are being circulated on Facebook as well as Whatsapp. Needless to say, these are accompanied by comments strongly criticizing them for their public dance performance at Kottakkunnu, wearing burqas and jeans.
Just like every story, this story too has two sides to it. On one hand, people on social media are blaming and posting abusive comments, criticizing the girls, there are a few people, who are coming out in their support as well.
According to Times Of India, social media activist and medical officer in Manjeri, Dr Shimna Azees, said in an FB post that a small section of the minority is behind such absurd criticism denying individual freedom to girls. “It is very unfortunate that a section of people are considering women as only an ‘object’ and they should realise that abusing girls in public for the dance is also against their religious belief”, she said.
Deputy District Medical Officer Malappuram, Dr Muhammed Ali said that the students performed the flash mob as a part of various AIDS awareness campaign program to educate the general public. “Not only the dental college students, but girl students from several other colleges and schools also participated in various public functions including street play and public rally organised in connection with the campaign”, he said.
Nothing gives people the right to judge women – no matter what age, caste or religion – for what they choose to do or not do with their lives; be it online or offline.