Hanan-the fish selling girl who sold it to study, earning support from various people. This includes Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan as well as CPI(M) leader and Administrative Reforms Commission chairman VS Achuthanandan.
Two days ago, Mathrubhumi had published an article, which highlighted the struggles of a college student who makes a living from selling fish. Although she became the poster girl for hard work and resilience, she was soon attacked with a barrage of abuse on social media.
Praising Hanan for her hard work, Pinarayi said, “It’s a matter of great pride when one is self-dependent as a student. The satisfaction one gets is immense if they fund their studies with the money they earn. Only those who have gone through such experiences in life will understand it.”
The CM then said that Hanan’s stature was above this. He elaborated on it, “Hanan did not just study, but she became the pillar of support for her family. When I understand her life experiences, I feel proud of her. Move ahead bravely, Hanan. Don’t lose the confidence that you showed while battling difficult circumstances, Kerala is with you.”
For wearing gloves, a gold ring, and sporting a nice haircut and neat clothes, Hanan was accused of lying about her background and pulling off such a stunt for publicity. The third-year student of Al Azhar College in Thodupuzha does odd jobs to make ends meet. She conducts tuition classes, does event management and radio programmes, in addition to selling fish.
The Chief Minister’s office has now asked the Kerala police to take action against those harassing and abusing Hanan. The CM’s office has also asked Ernakulam District Collector to provide protection for Hanan. A section of SDPI members have allegedly issues threats to Hanan for not wearing a purdah.
Addressing Hanan on the harassment she received on social media, the Chief Minister said, “Campaigns on social media are like a double-edged sword. People need to exercise more caution in their interactions on social media. People start campaigns without knowing the truth, this will only lead us into more trouble. Hanan should advance without weakening before such campaigns and we pledge our support to her.”
Meanwhile, CPI(M) leader VS Achuthanandan demanded that the Cyber Crime police file cases against those who harassed Hanan on social media. He also said that there was a concerted campaign against the teenager and the police needed to book the culprits. The leader also congratulated Hanan for her resilience.
Union Minister KJ Alphons too supported Hanan and slammed abusers. “Kerala sharks stop attacking #Hanan. I’m ashamed. Here is a girl trying to put together a shattered life. You vultures!” he wrote.