The government guaranteed protection to a Muslim teen singer in Assam after a fatwa against her was issued by almost 50 Muslim clerics in the state. Nahid Afrin was placed high on Indian Idol Junior and has been now asked to stop singing in public by the clerics.
CM Sarbananda Sonowal, who heads a BJP government, says that putting restrictions on a young and talented singer like Nahid Afrin is strongly condemned by them. He added that Nahid will be provided safety and security.
Nahid said to the reporters today, “Allah has blessed me with this voice for singing.” She added that she received hundreds of calls and messages from the people of Assam and different organisations in her support. The 16-year-old also sang last year for the Sonakshi Sinha film ‘Akira’.
Conflicting Reports are coming explaining why clerics have objected to her performances. According to ANI, her next appearancetomorrow is in a part of Udali in Central Assam which is problematic since clerics are complaining that the venue is located close to a graveyard and mosque. According to News agency IANS, the clerics believe her singing publicly is against Sharia law.
She has been assured adequate security by the Chief Minister for her concert tomorrow.