- Teen girl famous for placing high in Indian Idol Junior
- Clerics and others write against her upcoming performance
- Chief Minister Sonowal says government will ensure her safety
Two years ago, Nahid Afrin placed high on Indian Idol Junior, the famous talent search show; since then, she has turned into a major draw in her home state
Ahead of her performance in Hojai on March 25, pamphlets found near the venue warn young people against singing and dancing and describe music concerts and events like a recently-held magic show as against Sharia law. The 40 signatories include local clerics. Hojai is located 162 km from the capital of Guwahati.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who heads the BJP government, said, "We strongly condemn putting restrictions on performance by the young talented singer, Nahid Afrin by some organisations." He added, on Twitter, "Spoke to Nahid and reiterated our government's commitment to provide safety and security to artists."
"Allah has blessed me with this voice for singing, and I'll die if I am not allowed to sing," said Ms Afrin to reporters today. "I have received hundreds of calls and messages from the people of Assam and different organisations supporting me," said the 16-year-old, who sang for the Sonakshi Sinha film "Akira" last year.
The teen told the media that the Chief Minister has assured her of adequate security for her concerts.