BY Roli Srivastava
MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – “Flash mobs” of young women have taken to the streets in southern India to protest against the online trolling of three hijab-clad college students who danced in public to promote an HIV awareness campaign.
A video of the three women dancing on a street in the southern state of Kerala wearing hijabs and jeans was widely shared on social media last week, attracting some abusive comments from critics accusing them of being anti-Islam.
As the comments piled up, “flash mob” dance protests erupted across the state with girls in colourful headscarves dancing to a popular Malayalam song to defy the trolls.
“We decided to defy the religious groups that were trolling the girls by organizing more performances,” Jaick Thomas, head of Kerala division of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.