Indian Bengali film actress and Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan wished fans on the occasion of Eid on social media. She has been the target of trolls ever since and the online abuse continues to hurt her in every way possible.
In a 19-second long video message on Facebook, she said, “Hello everybody. Wishing you all Eid Mubarak from my side. May the Almighty shower His countless blessings upon you and your family.”
The actress further added, “May He open up all the doors of prosperity and happiness in your life. Have a joyous and peaceful Eid. Eid Mubarak!” She had posted the same video across various social media platforms including Instagram and Twitter.
Her Facebook profile was flooded with slut-shamming to derogatory slurs. Most of the users questioned her faith and others abused her with the choicest of expletives. “E bhaba lengta hoye Eid Mubarak deowar ki dorkar chilo (What was the need to get naked and wish us on the occasion of Eid)?” wrote one user.
Another commented, “Roja korbo amra, Namaz porbo amra, aar apnar moto ‘faltu’ ekta meyar kach theka Eid er subecha nita hobe (We are the ones who observe fast, offer Namaz but we will have to accept greeting from a characterless woman).”
One remarked, “Half nogno hoye Eid er subecha apnar mukhe manai na (Wishing people on Eid by being half-naked does not suit you).”
One inquired whether the actress was a Hindu or a Muslim while another Islamist labelled her as a ‘namesake Muslim.’
Nusrat has always been trolled for her religion. Earlier, when she took the oath at the Parliament, she was trolled for applying sindoor on her head despite being Muslim. In September 2020, she was abused by Islamists from both India and Bangladesh for dressing up as Goddess Durga on Mahalaya. The actress was also targeted for marrying her non-Muslim ex-husband Nikhil Jain and attending Durga Puja with him.