Age: 32 Years
Hometown: Srinagar, J&K
|Full Name||Shehla Rashid Shora|
|Profession||Social and Political Activist|
|Political Party||• Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (joined in March 2019)|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 5”
|Date of Birth||Year 1988|
|Age (as of 2020)||32 Years|
|Birthplace||Habba Kadal, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir|
|Hometown||Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir|
|College/University||• National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
• Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India
|Educational Qualification(s)||• M.A. in Sociology from JNU
• Pursuing M. Phil. in Law and Governance at the JNU
|Family||Father- Abdul Rashid Shora
Mother- Zubaida Shora (a nurse in Srinagar’s SK Institute of Medical Sciences, SKIMS)
Brother- Not Known
Sister- Asma (elder)
|Hobbies||Writing Blogs, Reading, Travelling|
|Controversies||• An F.I.R. was lodged against her by Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for allegedly disrespecting and passing objectionable remarks about Prophet Muhammad. However, the F.I.R. was withdrawn after she had deleted her Facebook post disrespecting Prophet Muhammad.
• On 22 May 2017, she had a twitter-war with the Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya. Abhijeet Bhattacharya posted a series of tweets against JNU student and activist, Shehla Rashid, terming her a sex worker. After Shehla's report, Abhijeet's account was deleted. Meanwhile, another Bollywood singer, Sonu Nigam, also roped in and took the side of Abhijeet by deleting his own Twitter account in protest.
• On 11 June 2018, BJP's youth wing files complaint with police against Shehla Rashid for remarks against Nitin Gadkari. On June 9, Rashid had tweeted, "Looks like RSS/Gadkari is planning to assassinate Modi, then blame it on Muslims/Communists and then lynch Muslims # RajivGandhiStyle". Gadkari took offence to Rashid's tweet and said, "I would be taking legal action on anti-social elements who have made bizarre comments; attributing personal motives to me, regarding the assassination threat to PM @narendramodi."
• Following the abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A, in a series of tweets, she targeted the Indian Army for torturing Kashmiris. However, the Indian Army rejected the allegations as baseless. A Supreme Court lawyer named Alok Srivastava also filed a complaint against Shehla and sought her arrest under the offence of sedition.
• On 6 September 2019, Delhi Police filed sedition case against her for allegedly spreading misinformation about situation in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370. An F.I.R. was registered on a complaint by a lawyer at Tilak Marg Police Station in Delhi. The FIR was registered under IPC Section 124-A (sedition), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153 (wantedly giving provocation with intent to cause riot)."
• On 30 November 2020, her father, Abdul Rashid Shora, wrote to J&K DGP Dilbag Singh alleging that his daughter Shehla Rashid took Rs. 3 crore from a Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmed Shah Watali to join Shah Faesal's political party "Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement." According to Abdul Rashid Shora, he feared for his life after being threatened by his daughter's armed "bodyguard" into leaving the family's Srinagar home because he disapproved of her political and financial dealings. He said, "Despite my resistance, I found my wife Zubaida Shora and my elder daughter Asma supportive of Shehla and becoming party to this deal along with a boy named Sakib Ahmad from Srinagar downtown, who was introduced to me as Shehla’s pistol-carrying personal security guard. Shehla threatened me not to disclose this deal to anybody or my meeting with Zahoor Watali and Engineer Rashid; otherwise my life would be in danger." While responding to allegations made by her father, Shehla said, "As we mourn the death of a close family member, it is extremely sad that my father has chosen time this time to level absolutely disgusting, baseless allegations against me, my mother and sister. The fact of the matter is that my mother, sister and I have filed a complaint of domestic violence with the court..The false allegations he is making are a reaction to that." The Indian Express
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Boyfriends||Information removed after request.|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Shehla Rashid Shora
- She was born and raised in Srinagar’s Habba Kadal locality.
- Her mother is a nurse in Srinagar’s SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS).
- She studied Computer Engineering at the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar.
- After completing her graduation from NIT Srinagar, Shora worked with HCL Technologies as a software engineer. However, she got disillusioned and quit her job. After that, she started raising issues of justice and acid attacks on women in Kashmir.
- To broaden her activism, she joined the JNU and enrolled herself as a student of M.A. Sociology. JNU provided her with the required platform for her activism. She went on to pursue a PhD in JNU.
- In 2013, she took the side of an all-girls’ band, Pragaash, composed of young Muslim women when the band faced death threats and online harassment from Islamic conservatives in Kashmir.
- In 2014, Shora unsuccessfully contested the election for the “Gender Sensitisation Committee against Sexual Harassment.”
- In September 2015, she contested the JNU Student Union Elections for the post of Vice President, as the nominee of the Left-backed All India Students Association (AISA), and won it. She became the first Kashmiri girl to win a student union election at the JNU.
- In February 2016, when Kanhaiya Kumar (the then President of JNUSU) was arrested on sedition charges, along with other students, it was Shora who ran the Union during the interim period.
- On 17 March 2019, she joined the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement political party, founded by Shah Faesal. However, on 9 October 2019, she announced that she was disassociating herself from active politics. She said that she was disassociating from electoral politics because of the Centre’s disregard for Indian laws when it comes to Kashmir.