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Kerala girl bullied for selling fish, donates Rs150,000 for floods

Hanan Hamid said: “There are people who need this help more than me.”

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Hanan Hamid
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Dubai: Remember the Kerala girl who was trolled on social media for selling fish after college hours? She has decided to pay it with kindness by donating Rs150,000 (Dh7895) towards relief for victims of flood in the Indian state of Kerala.

Twitter users are hailing her for her philanthropy.

Tweep @kaqibb posted: “Hanan Hamid, the college student from #Kerala who was trolled for selling fish in her uniform, has handed over Rs150,000 for flood relief in the state. #humanity #KeralaFloodRelief”


And, journalist @SiddiquiMaha tweeted: “The young lady with a big heart #HananHamid!”


The 19-year-old Hanan Hamid, a Bachelor of Science student from Kochi was bullied online after reports of her selling fish at the Thammanam fish market, to make a living, went viral. The bullies were later arrested. Many social media users came to her aid and praised her for her “dedication and bravery”. She also received financial help from many, along with support from Kerala Chief Minister (CM), Pinarayi Vijayan and former Kerala CM Velikkakathu Sankaran Achuthanandan.

According to a report by Indian news outlet News18, Hamid said: “Keeping the special flood situation in Kerala in mind, I have decided to donate Rs150,000 to Kerala Chief Minister’s disaster relief fund. I am planning to hand over the cheque to the Chief Minister on Saturday… Seeing my plight; a lot of people had transferred money to my bank account last month. Now, there are people who need this help more than me.”

Twitter user @ExpressAnto posted: “Once praised by netizens, then trolled and harassed by online Sherlocks, then supported by rationals, Ernakulam girl #Hanan Hamid offers her bit of support for #KeralaFloodRelief... She seems to have risen an atmospheric height above hate. #KeralaFloods”


On social media, #Keralafloods has been a top trend this week, as the devastation caused by the natural disaster has taken more than 300 lives, and has left many people stranded.


In the wake of this disaster, people are coming together to offer support from all around the world, through donations and other forms of aid.

In the UAE, President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has instructed the formation of a national emergency committee to provide assistance to the people affected in Kerala floods. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has also expressed condolences to the Indian President on the tragic death of civilians in the floods that hit the country.

On his official Twitter account, @HHShkMohd posted: “The people of Kerala have always been and are still part of our success story in the UAE. We have a special responsibility to help and support those affected, especially during this holy and blessed days.”


Rescue operations in Kerala are underway and people are being airlifted to safety. However, latest numbers show that over 6,000 people are still stranded without help. The Indian government has set up emergency helplines.

Do you have family stranded in the state? Reach out to us at readers@gulfnews.com. You can also use this rescue website by the Kerala government https://keralarescue.in/, which aims at coordinating rescue operations across the state.

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