NCPCR takes cognisance of fatwa issued against Nahid Afrin, directs authorities to ensure her safety

The notice issued by the commission says that it has taken cognisance of media reports suggesting 46 Muslim clerics of Assam had issued fatwa against 16-year-old reality singing star Afrin.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has taken cognisance of media reports saying clerics had issued fatwa against Assam-based singing talent Nahid Afrin.

The notice issued by the commission says that it has taken cognisance of media reports suggesting 46 Muslim clerics of Assam had issued fatwa against 16-year-old reality singing star Afrin. The commission has directed the administration to ensure that she is not stopped from singing for the public performance, which is supposed to be held on March 25.

NCPCR member Priyank Kanoongo has directed deputy commissioner of Biswanath Chairali district to carry out a thorough investigation into the matter and take necessary action. The commission has also directed that an action report be sent to it within seven days.

Sources said the NCPCR letter says the safety of the child should be ensured as per Article 21 of the Constitution of India which says a state has a duty to protect life and liberty of a person.

Afrin, at 16 has been a playback singer in mainstream Bollywood movie and finished second in the country's one of the most high profile reality show. She has won many awards in singing competition across the country.

MUSLIM CLERICS DENY ISSUING FATWA

There were reports that several Muslim clerics had issued fatwa against Afrin asking her to stop singing as it was against the Sharia. There was huge outrage after the fatwa reports were out and even Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had tweeted: "Freedom of artists is essence of democracy. Spoke to Nahid and reiterated our Govt's commitment to provide safety and security to artists."

Local media reports are now suggesting that Muslim clerics are denying of having issued any fatwa against the singer. Rather some local Muslim men have taken an initiative and distributed a leaflet in Hojai and Nagaon area asking people to boycott the event as it was anti-Sharia and created nuisance in the area.

A fatwa is a non-binding but authoritative legal opinion or learned interpretation that a qualified jurist or mufti can give on questions pertaining to Islamic law.

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