By Muslim Mirror
Commonwealth medalist and BJP politician Babita Phogat is facing criticism for some of her tweets, which apparently blame Islamic missionary group Tablighi Jamaat for the spread of Covid-19 in India.
Scores of people are demanding that Twitter suspends her account.
#SuspendBabitaPhogat is trending on the microblogging site and more than 209,0000 tweets have been written under this hatch tag.
Two tweets of Phogat are at the core of this controversy. In these tweets, she has called members of the Tablighi Jamaat “ignorant pigs” and the “biggest problem of India”.
Phogat on 17 April released a small video clip, in which she claimed that she was receiving threats. In the video message, she added, “I am not Zaira Wasim. I won’t bow down to your threats”.
She apparently referred to Wasim’s decision to quit Bollywood in order to practice Islam.
She also maintained that the Tablighi Jamaat group was the reason behind the spread of Covid-19 in India. “Had the people of Tablighi Jamaat not spread the Corona infection, the lockdown would have been lifted and the Corona infection would have also been defeated in India”. She added.
Many Twitter users have expressed their concerns on Phogat’s comment.
One Suraj Thakur wrote, “It’s unbelievable to watch a public person, an inspiration for many young people, attacking a community for their religion! During these hard times, we should fight together, not against each other”. While another person, identified as Faiz Azad, said, “I was proud of you @BabitaPhogat, we were. But now we are feeling shame on you.”