The Chief Minister's Office in Kerala has directed the police to provide protection to the Kerala college girl, who has been cyberbullied after a video of her selling fish to support herself went viral.
In the video, a 21-year-old Hanan Hamid, who is dressed in school uniform is seen selling fish in Thammanam in Ernakulam. However, the BSc student of a private college in Thodupuzha, was trolled on social media.
While a few people called it fake and expressed doubts regarding its authencity, others branded her as a liar. As her touching story, which was first carried by a Malayalam daily was widely shared by several people like film artists and politicians, a section of netizens even said that the Hamid's video was shot to "promote a film".
Hamid pleads to be left alone
Fed up of being criticized, Hamid even appealed to her critics to leave her alone.
"People are making false allegations that it was for movie promotion.I have no other income. My main aim is to continue studies & support family," ANI quoted Hamid as saying.
"I do not want any help. Kindly leave me alone and allow me to do any kind of menial jobs to earn my daily bread," she added.
Politicos slam Hamid's critics
When the news of Hamid being bullied reached Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, his office directed the state police to take action against people who posted insulting comments on social media against Hamid. It also directed the District Collector to give protection to Hamid.
""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," News Miute quoted CM Vijayan as saying.
Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam also slammed Hamid's critics. "Kerala sharks stop attacking #Hanan. I'm ashamed. Here is a girl trying to put together a shattered life. You vultures," Kannanthanam said on Facebook.