The Kerala High Court, on Thursday, ordered police protection for Ryhana R. Kazi (22) of Kasaragod who complained of receiving threats to her life for not wearing the purdah and headscarf.
A Division Bench, comprising Justices K.M. Joseph and M.L. Joseph Francis, directed the Superintendent of Police, the Circle Inspector and the Sub-Inspector, Kasaragod, to provide protection to her parents and siblings also. The orders will remain in force for three weeks.
The woman said in a writ petition that her neighbours and distant relatives had been insisting that she wear the purdah and the scarf on her return from Chennai after graduating in aeronautical engineering.
She had been resisting the intrusion into her personal freedom.
She alleged that she had received threatening calls from persons claiming to be Popular Front of India (PFI) activists after her plight was published in the media.
Ryhana said she received a threatening letter from one of her neighbours, Mohammed Kavungoli.