Column | Haughty SFI made girls like me join KSU

Safna Yakoob

It won't be surprising if they decide to kill me, but we won't be intimidated. We will stand our ground.

The SFI workers' autocratic ways, brutality and haughtiness on the campus made me a KSU activist. The violence they unleash against those unwilling to join their ranks, ganging up and bashing them like a dog, took hundreds of girls like me to KSU.

I won't budge even an inch. The KSU activists in the Law College now are daring. We have decided not to be servile.

The attack on us the other day, too, was unilateral. Drunk SFI activists created a ruckus during the band programme in the evening. They assaulted KSU's unit secretary Ashiq Ashraf in the corridor. Teachers interfered and rescued him.

They (SFI workers) regrouped in front of the college gate and unleashed a brutal attack on Ashiq and Nithin Thampi. I rushed to their rescue without considering if I was strong enough or that I am a woman.

Safna Yakoob

I requested them to spare my co-workers. I was pushed down to the ground when I helped Ashiq to his feet. When I tried to get up, they dragged me by my saree, and assaulted me.

I sustained injuries on my hand and fingers. The assault continued even after I could not get up from the road. All this while, police were watching the incident from outside the college gate. Other students rushed in, rescued and took me to the hospital.

They have now unleashed a cyber attack. The cyber warriors are circulating edited videos and derogatory posts. But we are not scared. We will lodge a police complaint. We are determined to swim against the tide.

I joined Law College to excel in studies. My family comprises my mother, an advocate, and brother. My father is no more. I have been witnessing SFI brutality ever since I joined the college.

Students are ostracised if they don't join the SFI. Others are not even allowed to speak to them. They will be ignored and insulted in a bid to force them to join the SFI. They will be threatened if they still refuse to join the organisation.

Fed up with SFI atrocities, we conducted a flash mob during the first year, demanding democracy on the campus, a space for all. It made them turn against us. They started insulting and showering us with abuses.

Another girl and I were attacked during the campaign for the previous college election. They doused me in paint. After each attack, we complained to the college and police in vain.

For the first time in 22 years, KSU breached the SFI fort, winning the vice-chairperson and three representative seats in the college election. It provoked the SFI into attacking us.

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