Sarbanand Sonowal assures teen singer of security after clerics object to her musical show

Nahid Afrin is a Class IX student in Biswanath Chariali, about 260 km from Guwahati.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: March 16, 2017 2:51 am
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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal spoke to 14-year-old singer Nahid Afrin and assured her of security, a day after a group of Muslim clerics released a pamphlet calling a musical night featuring her performance as un-Shariat activity. Afrin had featured in the Indian Idol Junior 2015 contest. The pamphlet released Monday did not have Afrin’s name, but mentioned the musical night in Hojai scheduled for March 25 where she is supposed to perform.

“Some of our brethren have, of late indulged in a lot of anti-Shariat activities. Magic, dance, music, plays and theatre etc are all actually anti-Shariat activities. Thus, we, the Aleems, Ulamas and other responsible people cannot remain silent to such activities,” the pamphlet, issued by 46 representatives of organisations such as the Assam State Jamiat Ulama, Jamia Assam, Darul Hadish and various other organisations, said.

Sonowal on Wednesday said the move was “despicable” and cannot be tolerated in a civilised society. “Such a ruling against practising art and culture is unacceptable and is tantamount to infringement of one’s freedom of cultural rights,” the Chief Minister’s statement said. Sonowal spoke to Afrin over telephone and assured her of all steps to ensure her security so that she could continue pursuing her vocations fearlessly and bring laurels to the state.

Afrin is a Class IX student in Biswanath Chariali, about 260 km from Guwahati. “The government will not tolerate any move to bog down any artiste in the state. A section of vicious forces is hell-bent to disturb the age-old bonhomie of Assam. The state’s amity and integrity will be upheld at any cost,” Sonowal said.

Afrin said she would continue to sing. “Allah has given me this wonderful gift of singing, and I must utilise this gift for the people. I do not sing for myself, but for my people,” she said. The police have not registered any case as yet. Hojai SP Devojyoti Mukherji said: “We are keeping tabs on things and we will ensure that Nahid Afrin comes to Hojai and performs without any hassle.”

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  1. U
    Mar 16, 2017 at 4:01 am
    She is just trying to make money thru creating controversy, Hindus will rejoice
    1. I
      Mar 16, 2017 at 4:42 am
      This is happening under BJP govt allegedly anti Muslim and pro Hindu govt. if they can't destroy those clerics then who will? Congress? BJP should not care for its image of secularism, but use legal or illegal force so that these clerics are either dead or chased into Bangladesh or stan,
      1. Anil Bharali
        Mar 16, 2017 at 2:08 am
        In am Hindu Muslim unity has historically two phases. one is pre colonial 'Shankar Ajanor desh" . during that phase no communal political agenda and vote bank politics. During colonial period,Hindu Mahasobha through congress and Muslim league had worked for political dominance for political power for land and natural resource grabing. Communalising the community started in 1935 for election purposes.Immigant muslims were very much active to control the muslim community under muslim law.Those clericks are mostly from immigrant muslim community and not from precolonial native amese Muslims
        1. A
          Mar 16, 2017 at 8:02 pm
          Sing baby sing .Sing your heart out.
          1. A
            arun dass
            Mar 16, 2017 at 4:12 am
            first the Futwa-wal mullahs should be arrested
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