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Durga Puja is the biggest festival celebrated by the Bengalis, across the world, but its epicentre is in Kolkata, where people of all faiths come together and participate in the gala. However, when a popular Bengali actress Nusrat Jahan kept posting her photos and videos how she was carousing the five-day gala, she was slammed and ridiculed online for not being a “true Muslim.”
Jahan, who was also one of the judges for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation to select the best puja for 2017, was slammed by many as they thought she was “unfit as she did not know about Durga Puja.”
Her Facebook profile was flooded with slut-shamming to derogatory slurs in the past few days. It all began when she posted a video of herself by greeting everyone for the festival. Most of the users who wrote in Bengali accused her of not wishing Muslims on popular Islamic festivals and also reminded her that it is a “sin” if Muslims worship idols. A few users also questioned her faith and the what kind of upbringing she has received, others asked her to change her name and even called her a ‘kaafir’.
But with the positive support of many fans, the actress was not deterred by the hate. In two post, she shut all remarks and debates. “We all are human being, until race disconnected us… religion separated us.. politics divided us and wealth classified us. If u say I’m not religious.. I believe I’m humanists first. Let’s be human first 🙏 preach love and respect, not Religion..!!! Subha Maha Nabami to all, ” the Bengali star wrote.
When trolls still kept spreading hate and criticised her celebrating a Hindu festival, she replied with love thanking all her fans and followers who stood up for her.
“Every1 who follows me on twitter.. like me on fb.. plz continue to do so if u agree with my beliefs n thoughts… then u truly believe in humanity… keep the love coming… be true to humanity… only then u can be true to God..!! I love u all.. for all the love n for all the not so much ‘love’, ” she posted later.
Even though she has tried to rise above all hatred and celebrate the joyous festival, people mocked her for celebrating Vijay Dashami, when it was followed by Muharram.
This is not the first time online trolls have slammed some popular star for celebrating festival outside their faith. While in December last year, another Bengali popular actor and RJ, Mir was slammed for celebrating Christmas, recently Sussanne Khan got trolled for celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi.