Zara Kay Wiki – Zara Kay Bio
Zara Kay is an Australian ex-Muslim women’s rights activist, who faces “politically motivated” charges in Tanzania, including for a tweet allegedly critical of the country’s president, according to her supporters.
The Australian government is providing consular assistance to Zara Kay the founder of Faithless Hijabi, a group set up two years ago to support women who are ostracised or face violence if they leave or question Islam.
She is 28 years old.
Zara Kay Faces Charges in Tanzania
The International Coalition of Ex-Muslims issued a statement saying Kay had been held in police custody for 32 hours from 28 December “without an initial clear indication of charges” and had her passport confiscated.
It said she would be required to return to the police station in Dar es Salaam, the administrative capital, on Tuesday.
According to the statement, the charges relate to three issues, including “a social media post deemed to be critical of the president of Tanzania” over the handling of Covid-19 in the East African country.
The International Coalition of Ex-Muslims said Kay was also accused of not returning her Tanzanian passport after gaining Australian citizenship but added that “she never returned her Tanzanian passport as she misplaced and never used it after gaining Australian citizenship”.
Kay tweeted on 28 December she was “going into the police station because someone reported me in for blasphemy” and a few days later told her supporters she was out on bail but “still quite traumatized from everything”.
Okay so going into the police station because someone reported me in for blasphemy.
— Zara Kay 🇫🇷 (@zarakayk) December 28, 2020
“Please don’t stop fighting for me,” she wrote. “They can try shaking me, but they won’t break me.”
The Australian government is providing consular assistance to Zara Kay, 28, the founder of Faithless Hijabi, a group set up two years ago to support women who are ostracised or face violence if they leave or question Islam.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said on Sunday it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian in Tanzania”. But a spokesperson said DFAT would not provide further comment “owing to our privacy obligations”.
The case was first reported by the ABC on Sunday.