Muslim actress Nusrat Jahan, who is a popular face in Bengali television, was trolled and called “devil” for celebrating Durga Puja. Jahan had shared a photo on Facebook for the Puja, for which, she was told what she is doing is not appropriate.
The comments on the same were appalling. One said that just for sympathy of fans, you have carried out immersion of your religion (Islam). One reminded her how the Hindus don’t have much respect for Muslims and implied that hence, she should not be celebrating Durga Puja. One called her 100% Hindu (for celebrating a Hindu festival).
And other asked whether she is a Hindu to take part in Hindu festivals? While one more called her a prostitute (presumably for celebrating a Hindu festival).
This is not the first time religious fanatics have trolled celebrities. Cricketers have borne the brunt of Islamic fundamentalists on social media since a while now.
Recently, Irfan Pathan had to fend off the trolls who has pounced upon his Instagram and Facebook page, after being irked by his photo with his wife who even though was wearing a Burkha, had exposed her hands and was wearing a nail-polish. He was also trolled for celebrating Rakshabandhan and told it is against Islam.
His Indian team colleagues too have been similarly targeted. Mohammed Kaif was recently trolled by the Islamists for posting a photo of him playing chess with his son. The trolls justified their attack by claiming that chess was haram in Islam. He was also similarly trolled in December last year by Muslim fundamentalists for doing Surya Namaskar.
Mohammed Shami too has had his share of such incidents. In July he was trolled for celebrating the birthday of his daughter. They were offended especially by ‘the way Shami celebrated’ the birthday. He also in the past had to deal with angry comments for the photo of his wife in a gown.
Also it isn’t just Indian cricketers who have been plagued by such incidents. Even English cricketer Moeen Ali was recently trolled on twitter for drawing a picture because he was going against the traditions of Islam.