After being slammed by Muslim clerics for celebrating Durga Puja, Trinamool MP Nusrat Jahan, on Monday said that she is not afraid of threats to her life, speaking to Republic Bharat in Kolkata. She said that there has always been a controversy with respect to her. Stating that only God controls, life she dismissed threats saying humans are not threats to her. She also rebuked those who have not helped her in any way for commenting about her.
"With respect to me, there is always a controversy. Life threat? How can someone threaten me who has not given life to me? God gives life. Humans don't. They cannot be a threat," she said. Slamming those who have demanded to change her name, she said, "People know my name and those who have not made me famous, do not have the right to tell me to change my name. There is victory after fear (Darr ke aage jeet hai)," she said after visiting a Durga Pandal in Kolkata.
Earlier in the day, Muslim cleric Mufti Asad Kasmi from the Itehaad Ulema-hind has targeted the political leader for performing puja. Speaking to media, he claimed that Nusrat Jahan has performed a forbidden ("haram") act by performing Puja on the occasion of Durga Puja. The Muslim clerics went on to demand Nusrat Jahan to change her name, targeting her for marrying a non-Muslim man. He claimed that by performing Durga Puja, the Trinamool MP has defamed Islam and Muslims.
"She has done a forbidden act. She should absolutely change her name. Because she doesn't follow Islam anymore now. She has been taking part in rituals and she married someone from another religion. So she should change her name. Islam doesn't need people who have a Muslim name, and go on on to defame both Islam and Muslims," the Muslim cleric said.
On Sunday, the actress-turned-politician celebrated the festival of Durga Puja at the Suruchi Sangha pandal of Kolkata. She was seen along with her husband Nikhil Jain and played the dhaak. As the MP celebrated the festival in full swing, she was also spotted dancing on the beats of the traditional dhaak. After the event, she said that she has her own way of portraying harmony towards all religions. She also expressed her pride in her Bengali culture and said it was traditional to celebrate all events with a dance.