Recently, a video of a young college-going girl fearlessly standing up against a mob of religious extremists for heckling her for practicing her own religious values, has gone viral over social media.
— Muhammd Saqib (@SaqibI55) February 9, 2022
Muskan has quickly risen as a symbol of resistance in both Pakistan and India. The internet has been appreciating her for her unflinching determination and bravery to stand up for her right to hold her own faith and religious values, spurring countless videos, portraits and images.
Amidst an environment of religious intolerance and crimes in the name of religion taking place at the hands of radical elements from both sides of the border, both Pakistanis and Indians have extended appreciation, solidarity and support to the young girl.
Anger spreads to #Kolkata over the #Karnataka #HijabRow. Students raise #AllahuAkbar slogan in solidarity with #Muskan, the college girl from Mandya district who shouted AllahuAkbar to sloganeering protesters yesterday. pic.twitter.com/GmBFPuCtLS
— Tamal Saha (@Tamal0401) February 9, 2022
Moreover, the incident has sparked debate over womens’ rights to hold their own personal religious views, beliefs and sentiments and their right to freely practice their beliefs and ideals- whether it be in the form of dress, behaviour or any other way!