Why Uttar Pradesh government pulled down Afreen Fatima’s home

Afreen was the president of Aligarh Muslim University Women Students’ Union. Her perspective and work had antagonized the conservative men of Aligarh and the university administration. The fact is that both communal and patriarchal mindsets are enemies of Muslim women, says Abhay Kumar

Recently, Afreen Fatima’s home was razed to the ground by the Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath. It seems that after Sharjeel Imam, Umar Khalid and Meeran Haidar, Afreen Fatima is on the firing line. This is not the first time that the government has tried to suppress critical voices. Whenever any exploited community raises its voice, governments try to portray the vocal members of the community as traitors to the nation. There is a concerted effort to frame such people and put them behind bars. The objective is to send a clear message that those who dare to demand their rights will be crushed. The demolition of Afreen Fatima’s home, registered in her mother’s name, is a case in point.

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