Kolkata, July 18: Ishrat Jahan, Bharatiya Janata Party leader from West Bengal, was driven out of her rented house after a mob objected her to participate in a Hanuman Chalisa event on Wednesday. According to a tweet by ANI, Jahan was asked to vacate the house by her landlord in Howrah allegedly for attending a Hindu religious ceremony. "A huge crowd of people gathered outside my house and asked me why I went to attend Hanuman Chalisa event wearing hijab", she said. Hindu Yuva Vahini Activists Recite ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ on Road in Uttar Pradesh to Oppose ‘Namaaz’ on Streets.
Jahan demanded protection as she informed that she has been receiving death threats. She said she lives alone with her son and needs security. "Everyone said I should leave the house on my own else they will be push me out of the house forcefully. I am receiving death threats. I demand protection. I live alone with my son, anything can happen to me anytime", Jahan said.
Here's the Tweet:
West Bengal: BJP leader Ishrat Jahan was asked to vacate her house by her landlord in Howrah allegedly for attending a Hindu religious ceremony; says,“A huge crowd of people gathered outside my house&asked me why I went to attend Hanuman Chalisa event wearing hijab. (17.07.2019) pic.twitter.com/5LcOnPLkwk
— ANI (@ANI) July 18, 2019
Following the incident, a controversy erupted in Bengal’s Howrah. According to reports, several BJP supporters had organised a programme of chanting Hanuman Chalisa on Tuesday. However, Jahan attending the religious ceremony wearing a hijab, sparked a row, following which police had to intervene to disperse the crowd. According to a report by The Indian Express, the supporters had gathered in front of Howrah’s AC market on Dobson Road to chant Hanuman Chalisa.
Jahan, who was present on the spot during the clash, told reporters that the police stopped them from chanting Hanuman Chalisa. "It was unfair on the part of police to treat common people and the BJP workers this way. They have forcefully stopped us from chanting", she said.