‘Nafrat jeet gayi’ Munawar Faruqi indicates quitting stand-up comedy

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Comedian Munawar Faruqui

By Muslim Mirror Staff

After the cancellation of at least 12 of his shows in the past two months due to threats from Hindu right-wing groups, Munawar Faruqi today indicated he may not do any more shows.

“Nafrat jeet gayi, artist haar gaya (hate has won, artist has lost). I’m done, goodbye. Injustice,” he wrote in an emotional social media post.

Mr Faruqui spent a month in jail earlier this year after Hindutva groups disrupted his show and harassed his colleague in Indore.

“Putting me in the jail for the joke I never did to cancelling my shows, which has nothing problematic in it. This is unfair,” he wrote in his post.

Many individuals extended their solidarity with Faruqi and expressed their grief over the experience he had to go through.

“We are sorry @munawar0018,” journalist Rana Ayyub wrote on Twitter.

Congress politician and former foreign minister Shashi Tharoor called the development  “deplorable”. “Stifling freedom of expression takes many forms but threatening a stand-up comedian’s venue is petty and shameful,” he added.

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