Sania Mirza Under Attack, Called ‘Pakistan’s Bahu’
Married to a Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza is under attack from all sides in the Pulwama Attack aftermath.
In the Pulwama Attack, around 40 CRPF soldiers were killed as a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden van into a CRPF convoy.
Grief and solidarity messages flooded the television and social media waves and Indian tennis star, Sania Mirza, tweeted, saying:
“Saddened at the attack on our CRPF soldiers in #Pulawama … my sincere condolences to the families, there is no place for terrorism in the world … prayers for peace.”
2 days later, she posted:
“This post is for those people who think that as celebrities we need to ‘condemn’ an attack, tweet and Instagram and be all over social media to prove that we are patriotic and care about our country… why? Cause we are celebs and some of you are frustrated individuals who have nowhere else to target your anger towards and grab every opportunity to spread more hate?? I don’t need to condemn an attack publicly, or come and scream from rooftops or all over social media that we are against terrorism. Of course, we are against terrorism and anyone that spreads it… any person in their right mind is against terrorism and if they are not then that’s a problem!!! I play for my country, sweat for it, and that’s how I serve my country. I stand with CRPF jawaans and their families, my heart goes out to them and they are our true heroes who protect our country. 14th February was a black day for India and I hope we never have to see another day like this, no amount of condolences can make any of this better… this day will not be forgotten and neither shall it be forgiven but YES I will still pray for peace and you should too instead of spreading more hate … anger is good as long as it’s being channelled into something productive … you are achieving nothing by trolling other people … there was no place for terrorism in this world and there will never be … find your way to serve the nation instead of sitting and swearing and judging public figures for how many posts they have posted about the tragedy! Do your bit and we are doing our bit WITHOUT announcing on social media! Yes, that’s a thing too… prayers and peace.”
A day later, BJP MLA Raja Singh demanded that Sania Mirza be removed as brand ambassador for the state of Telangana. The Goshamahal lawmaker cited names of VVS Laxman, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal and asked to remove Sania Mirza since she is Pakistan’s ‘daughter-in-law’.
There was a case against Raja Singh earlier who is known for making hate speeches, particularly against Muslims. Earlier he was booked for saying that there was no place in India for the people who did not sing “Vande Mataram”.