Muhammad Yahya, a physically-challenged Muslim boy, who along with hijab-clad mother had participated in the Janmashtami celebrations dressed as Sri Krishna recently in Kerala. Bound to a wheelchair, Yahya, a resident of Kozhikode, wanted to dress up as Krishna in Janmashtami procession. The 8-year-old cannot walk or talk fluently.
According to his mother, she dressed up her son as Krishna on the insistence of Yahya who loves stories of Krishna. Seeing the boy in Krishna’s attire, people surrounded him.
Yahya’s participation in the procession has angered the Islamists. Several Salafist preachers have released videos condemning the act. Pressure is being built on the family too to abstain in future from such celebrations as it is “un-Islamic”.
Condemning the participation, a Muslim League leader Basheer said ‘let the boy remain on wheelchair as it is the wish of Allah.” Many commented that the child and the mother will face hellfire once they are dead.