Zara Kay Biography — Wiki
Zara Kay is an Australian academic who renounced Islam and created an organization helping other women who do the same and has now been charged with blasphemy in Tanzania. Zara Kay was ordered to a local police station in Dar es Salaam on December 28, where she was put into custody for 32 hours.
Kay has been arrested in Tanzania shortly after criticizing the Tanzanian President’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in a satirical social media post.
Okay so going into the police station because someone reported me in for blasphemy.
— Zara Kay 🇫🇷 (@zarakayk) December 28, 2020
Zara Kay Age
Zara Kay, an Australian citizen who was born in Tanzania, is 29 years old.
Zara Kay charged with blasphemy in Tanzania for ‘mocking its president for his handling of coronavirus’
Ms. Zara Kay, who was born in Tanzania, was allegedly questioned about why she left Islam and was eventually charged in relation to a satirical post she allegedly made on social media about the nation’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
She is also accused of not handing in her Tanzanian passport after she gained Australian citizenship.
Back in 2018, the Monash University-educated activist founded Faithless Hijabi, an organization dedicated to supporting women as they transition away from Islam. The foundation works closely with women who have been ostracised by family and friends or even abused for choosing to renounce their faith.
She shared a social media post on December 28 to explain that she had been accused of blasphemy, and is also believed to have been charged with using a phone SIM card that is not registered in her name.
The Coalition of Ex-Muslims has called on the Tanzanian government to release Ms. Kay and drop all charges, effectively allowing her to return to Australia.
‘The constitution of Tanzania enshrines secularism as a state principle and recognizes freedom of expression and of conscience,’ a statement released this week reads.
I spoke to @zarakayk‘s team this morning. She is due in court on Tuesday. She would appreciate your support. She is a high-profile human rights activist who campaigns for the rights of same-sex couples, and for women’s freedoms. #exmuslims #zarakayhttps://t.co/TJMAnCdCoz
— Caroline Overington (@overingtonc) January 3, 2021
What we know so far about Zara Kay
They are also asking the Australian government to intervene and help Ms. Kay come back home.
Ms. Kay’s Australian passport was reportedly confiscated when she was granted bail on December 29. According to the statement, Ms. Zara Kay was initially held for 32 hours without any indication over whether she would be charged or what the charges would be.
A spokesperson from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said consular assistance is being provided to an Australian passport holder in Tanzania.
‘The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to an Australian in Tanzania,’ the statement read.
‘Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment.’
The Coalition of Ex-Muslims has urged the