A Muslim woman who is contestant of a singing reality show has faced social media trolling after she decided to sing a bhajan, Hindu devotional song, on a Zee TV show in Karnataka.
Suhana Syed, 22, from Sagara town in Shivamogga district, sang Shreekarane, a song from the movie Gaja in praise of Lord Balaji. She also performed a folk song, getting positive feedback from judges for her choice of songs as well as singing, and made it to the next stage of the show.
Soon after the episode was aired on March 4, a Facebook page called Mangalore Muslims put out a post saying, “Suhana thinks she has achieved something by parading her beauty and by singing film songs in front of men of various communities and receiving praise from them.”
A page called Mangalore Muslims on Facebook said: “Suhana you have tarnished the Muslim Community by singing in front of men. Do not feel that you have achieved a great feat; people who learn to recite Quran in 6 months have achieved more. Your parents have encouraged you to show your beauty to other men, they will not go to heaven because of you. Please give up the pardah that you are wearing as you don’t respect it.”
As responses gained more bite and traction with each passing hour, Mangalore Muslims deleted its comments from the page.
After listening to a hijab-wearing Suhana at the reality show, judges appreciated her effort and urged the woman to become “a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity”.