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Hijab-wearing Okhla girl Sanya Saifi grabs headlines

A few months ago if it was Jamia Millia Islamia’s Roshini Misbah who was grabbing headlines with her story being carried by national and international publications, today it’s another Okhla-based girl whose story has find a place in India’s leading daily.

sanyasaifiokhlaSanya Saifi, founder at Rooh and who is associated with Deshbandhu Dramatics Society, is at the centre of attraction. A student of English Hons at Deshbandhu College, Sanya did her schooling from DAV Public School, Jasola Vihar, and New Horizon School and is also a budding writer.

She is known on the campus for performing any role as demanded by the script. It was during the annual street play fest directed by the theatre society of her college that she is seen shouting this dialogue: “It was neither a revolution, nor a civil war. The terrorists were sent by the government and we want freedom from them. We want a peaceful Syria.

After finishing her play, she told TOI: “It was based on the lives of refugees. Their number is the highest in Syria. We did not try to imitate any political leader, but tried to show that the lives of refugees matter too. When I started performing in the first year, people used to be shocked to see a hijab-clad street play performer. Initially, I used to feel a little different, but now, people know that I do street plays.”

And this is what she said on hijab. “I feel safe and honoured by wearing my hijab. My team understands this completely. The timings for our practice sessions are also altered, so that I can offer namaaz. I think my hijab is a very powerful medium to show the participation of Muslims in our social lives,” she said.

CAPTION: Photo from Sanya’s timeline

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