At the point when 23-year-old Majiziya Bhanu made that big appearance to contend in the women’s segment of the Mr Kerala rivalry in Kochi prior this year, everyone’s eyes were on her — at no other time had a weight lifter wearing a hijab (Muslim head scarf) took an interest in the occasion. Demonstrating that hijab is no obstacle for her or some other lady, she proceeded to win the opposition.
Bhanu accepts that the hijab is never a hindrance for a lady with consuming enthusiasm, and if a lady is allowed to give her body, she ought to be allowed to cover it also. While Bhanu isn’t the main Muslim lady in the realm of arm-wrestling and powerlifting, she is yet to see another lady in the field who acts in a hijab.
“It is only after their names are announced that one realises that the contestant is a Muslim,” she said.
“I feel proud to wear the hijab, which is a part of my identity. It does not limit me in any way but gives me dignity and strength.”
It took Bhanu pretty much two years to change from being a common dental understudy to a local celebrity, in her drowsy town here, yet across Kerala. She has been chosen multiple times as the most grounded lady of the state by the Kerala State Powerlifting Association.
In the a long time since she started her profession, she has just won public decorations in powerlifting and arm-wrestling, while additionally proceeding with her dental preparing. Also, be it practically speaking or in rivalries, she generally wears her hijab.
“In the initial days, men used to stare at me as I had my hijab on. But soon they realised that I was as serious as them in my workouts. Then all the eyes disappeared,” says Bhanu.
While she was constantly keen on sports, there were not really any offices accessible in her town. However, that didn’t stop her. Consistently after her dental classes, she used to travel 60 km via train to Kozhikode to an exercise center.
“I used to return around 9 pm. Initially, it was tough, but I slowly gained the confidence to travel alone and, eventually, it became a part of my routine,” said the final year dental student
And of her future plans, she said her first goal is to finish her studies as it was her parents’ dream to make her a medical professional.
“Once I finish it, then I will pursue my dream of setting up an academy which will be a multi-disciplinary one, including martial arts, powerlifting, arm-wrestling and bodybuilding. It would give special importance to girls. I am sure I will be able to pursue my passion and wish to empower women,” Bhanu added with confidence.