Trinamool MP Nusrat Jahan responds to sindoor controversy, says ‘I represent an inclusive India’


The newly elected Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan has said that what she chose to wear was nobody’s business. She took to Twitter to release a detailed statement in light of a religious one Muslim religious figure expressing his displeasure at wearing sindoor.

Nusrat Jahan

The caption of her statement on the microblogging site read, “Paying heed or reacting to comments made by hardliners of any religion only breeds hatred and violence, and history bears testimony to that..”

The actress-turned-politician, who got married to Kolkata-based businessman Nikhil Jain after winning the Lok Sabha polls from Bashirhat, wrote, “I represent an inclusive India which is beyond the barriers of caste, creed and religion.”

Her fierce defence came after a Muslim religious figure reportedly disapproved her marriage to Nikhil Jain. One Mufti Asad Kasmi, associated with Madarsa Jamia-Shekh-ul-Hind, was quoted by New Indian Express as saying, “We have come to know through media that she was wearing sindoor and mangalsutra and has married a person belonging to Jainism. She has violated Islam as a Muslim can marry a Muslim only.”

Nusrat Jahan said, “I still remain a Muslim and none should comment on what I choose to wear. Faith is beyond attire and is more about believing and practicing the invaluable doctrines of all religions.”

Nusrat Jahan on Tuesday had grabbed the media spotlight after she appeared in parliament to take the oath of office. She’s found herself under considerable media attention ever since she won from West Bengal’s Bashirhat Lok Sabha seat defeating BJP candidate Sayantan Basu by a margin of 3.5 lakh votes. Jahan had received 782078 votes, while Basu polled 431709 votes.

The social media conversation around Nusrat took a controversial turn on Tuesday when the Trinamool MP from Bashirhat turned up in parliament. Attired in a traditional Bengali saree and sporting sindoor, which often signifies being married for Hindu women, Nusrat had taken the oath in the name of Ishwar and concluded by chanting Vande Mataram. She had then quickly proceeded towards the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to touch his feet.


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