Mehnaz Kappan, the nine-year-old daughter of imprisoned journalist Siddique Kappan, gave a speech highlighting the values of freedom on Independence Day. Her father has been in prison for over 600 days now.
“I am Mehnaz Kappan,” she said during her speech at a public school in Kerala, “daughter of journalist Siddique Kappan, a citizen who was forced into a dark room by breaking all the freedom of a citizen “,
Recalling the sacrifices and struggles of India’s freedom fighters, she said every Indian has the right to resist or oppose those who ask them to leave, they have a choice to decide what to talk or eat , or what religion to profess.
“The dignity of the great nation of India, which was resurrected on August 15, must not be compromised… However, there is trouble in places even today,” she said. in Malayalam.. “This is reflected in the violence that erupts based on religion, caste, politics. All of these must be eliminated by all of us with love and unity.
Kappan, who was convicted under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), was arrested in October 2020 on his way to account for the gang rape of Hathras. Uttar Pradesh police had accused the Kerala-based journalist of planning to start a caste-based riot and create communal discord.