BJP's Ishrat Jahan threatened, asked to vacate house for attending Hanuman Chalisa recital wearing hijab

Howrah ACP North Pratiksha Jharkaria confirmed that they have received Jahan's complaint and an investigation is underway.

Published: 18th July 2019 01:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th July 2019 11:46 AM   |  A+A-

BJP leader Ishrat Jahan. (Photo| PTI)

By Express News Service

HOWRAH: Ishrat Jahan, one of the petitioners in the triple talaq case, lodged a complaint with police accusing her brother-in-law, her landlord and other unknown persons from the minority community of abusing and threatening to kill her for attending a Hanuman Chalisa recital in hijab in Howrah. 

Jahan, in the complaint lodged with Golabari police station, alleged that she was threatened to be driven out of her rented apartment.

Trouble for Jahan, who joined the BJP last year, started after she attended the religious event. 

“I was returning to my apartment after visiting my eight-year-old son’s school. Suddenly, around 100 residents of the area where I live pointed fingers at me uttering my name and identifying me as the person who attended the religious programme in hijab. When I reached near my house, my brother-in-law Mustafa Ansari and my landlord Munazir Hussain, along with the mob surrounded me and started threatening me for attending the religious event,’’ she alleged.

The mother of two alleged the crowd wanted an explanation from her for attending the event wearing a hijab.

“Ansari and Hussain threatened me to leave my home and they also abused me severely threatening to kill me,’’ Jahan alleged.

In the complaint lodged with the police, Jahan wrote: "We are living in a secular country and it is our democratic right to take part in any holy festival."

I did my duty as a good citizen of my country. I am a secular person and am facing life threats from my family member due to the same.’’ She has asked for police protection.

Jahan, one of the petitioners fighting triple talaq case in the apex court, had decided to file the petition after her husband divorced her over the phone by uttering the word ‘talaq’ thrice consecutively in 2014.

West Bengal minister and in-charge of Trinamool’s Howrah district organisation Arup Roy said his party workers were not involved in the incident.

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