It was a few days ago that the father of 18-year-old Ameera Al Afeefa Khan's posted the picture of her clad in burqa holding a red-flag with Che Guevera's picture on it. Soon after the picture posted online it went viral with opposition streaming in against her.
The picture was taken before Ameera took part in a protest taken out by the Student Federation of India (SFI) unit of her college. Her father had posted the picture of her to lend his solidarity to his daughter. In the post he asked her daughter to carry on with her ideology and to continue wearing what she like. He even said her to discard the criticism for wearing burqa while being part of a progressive student organisation of the state. However, the post turned to be a sensation among in social media. The opposition claim is that she if believing in a progressive organisation should not have wore the burqa and the defendants claim is that it is her choice to wear what not.
SouthLive contacted Ameera, who is a second semester Bio Technology student of MSM College in Kayamkulam near Alappuzha, said that she wore the dress not as a religious dress but on her personal choice.
I wore the dress because of my personal liking towards the dress and it has nothing to do with my religion. Burqa as a dress has no connection with Islam and Islam do not support the dress. I wear the dress occasionally along with other dress. Dressing, I think, is my personal choice.Ameera Al Afeefa Khan
She also thinks that the new controversy surrounding over her picture is an attempt on her individual freedom and liberty.
For wearing such a dress while taking part in a political procession many dub me as a person with extreme religious thoughts. I have my own personal interest and I am true to my conscience.Ameera
She also said that she is coming from a family having left background. Her grandfather and father were active members of CPM and his brother, though not a member, has deep affiliation to the party. She also confirmed that her organisation has no issues with her dress code then who else is bothered about it. "People criticising me behaves like taking revenge and I think this is bad. I am not taking any of their criticisms seriously. I live according to the teachings of Prophet Nabi and Sunnah tradition", sadi her.
She has been active with CPM and took part in the agitation expressing her solidarity to the sales girls of Seemas in Alappuzha when they went against the management over labour issues two years ago.