BJP worker and Indian wrestler from Haryana, whose family earned fame from ‘Muslim’ Aamir Khan’s Dangal, faces condemnation for Islamophobic tweet, #SuspendBabitaPhogat trends


BJP worker and Indian wrestler from Haryana, Babita Phogat, has defended her Islamophobic tweets saying that she was no Zaira Wasim. Zaira had played the role of Babita’s sister Geeta in Aamir Khan-starring blockbuster Dangal. Many are now calling out the Phogat family’s hypocrisy for attacking Islam and vilifying Muslims by dangerously linking the spread of coronavirus to their faith.

Babita had taken to Twitter to attack the Tablighi Jamaat, a Muslim religious sect, in a bid to vilify Muslims. Journalist Prashant Kanojia summed it up when he tweeted in response to Phogat’s Islamophobic tweet, “A Muslim made a film (on them) and made them famous. Else, sportspersons other than cricketer in this country are seen seeling golgapps after a few years.”

Babita had joined the BJP with her father Mahavir Phogat last year just before the Lok Sabha elections.

Reacting to Phogat’s bigotry, Twitterati launched a hashtag demanding Twitter to suspend her account. Soon, hashtag #SuspendBabitaPhogat became a top trend on the microblogging site.

In her earlier tweet, the controversial wrestler had held Muslims responsible for the spread of coronavirus in India. She had referred to Muslims as pigs.