Kerala meet calls for a world free of violence against children


Saudi Gazette

MALAPPURAM, Kerala — Syed Saadatullah Hussaini, president of All-India Students’ Circle, opened the public meeting and denounced the killing of Asifa, an eight-year-old Kashmiri Muslim girl by Sang Parivar thugs and said she represented the new symbol of the fight for justice in the country.

“We need not only skills and commitment but also the fear of God to achieve balanced progress and solve our different problems,” Hussaini told the large gathering that thronged Kottakkunnu grounds in the heart of Malappuram.

He urged all secularist parties to stand united in the nationwide campaign to unseat fascist forces led by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “We have to sharpen the skills of our boys and girls to make use of their synergy to accelerate India’s development,” he added.

A large rally of teens was held before the public meeting, raising placards of Asifa and demanding justice for the Kashmiri girl who was killed by a group of criminals. The rally led by Teen India captains T.A. Jawad and Noura Maisoun called for the protection of children.

M.I. Abdul Aziz, president of Jamaat-e-Islami Kerala, was the keynote speaker in the concluding ceremony. He called for the collaboration of good people to protect the rights of women and children who are being tortured by criminals all over the country.

Magician Gopinath Muthukad gave a motivational speech. He urged children to read good books to enhance their knowledge and energize their thinking power. “You should be able to say No to bad things and evil temptations,” the magician told the teens.

Teen India state caption Jawad Ernakulam, who presided over the public meeting, expressed his hope that the teens’ conference would become a strong voice against injustice. “Ours is the world of goodness” was the main theme of the two-day conference.

There were six planets for workshops in science and technology, personality development, sports, trauma care, social service and moral studies attended by 1,000 delegates from different parts of Kerala. Singer Fatima Anshi, a blind girl, was the star of the event.

A mesmerizing song by Maryam Koroth on the Kashmiri girl, which was written to the tune of a famous Malayalam song “Minungum minna minunge,” was one of the highlights of the concluding ceremony. The song was so moving that it moved many to tears.