Kozhikode:: Noting that she had not committed
any mistakes till now, Raihana R Khazi, an aeronautical
engineering graduate from Kasargod, who was in the eye of a
storm for openly refusing to wear purdah, today said a person
has freedom to wear any dress material acceptable to the
Expressing serious concern over the anonymous murder
threatening letters, Raihana told mediapersons it is very said
such a thing is happening in a literate state like Kerala.
Raihana said initially it was her relatives who had
objected her not wearing the purdah, a customary dress
normally worn by the Muslim women while moving out in public
The 22-year old Raihana said that rumours were spread
that she had married to one Jose and had converted to
`I am a true Muslim girl and believe in Islam religion.
I do prayers daily. I have not committed any mistakes till
now`, she said.
One of the letter had warned that she would be done to
death by August 26 after she publicly refused to wear
Raihana said she had approached the Kerala High Court
and she was provided with police protection.
Raihana said many of her friends from first standard to
12th standard had expressed their support. They are not openly
coming out against wearing purdah because of fear, she said.
Coming to Raihanas support, All India Lawyers Union`s
Kerala Unit had recently said a person has full freedom to
wear any dress material acceptable to the society and anyone
enforcing dress code on caste and religious consideration
should be isolated.