Kolkata, March 16: Holding that ‘fatwas’ have no legal or constitutiol basis, noted lawyer and human rights activist Vrinda Grover says steps should be taken to ensure protection for young Assamese singer hid Afrin, against whom some Islamic clerics have issued a ‘fatwa’. The diktat threatens her right to life and liberty, Grover said. “Steps should be taken against those who issued the fatwas and the girl should be protected. You are not only abridging her freedom of expression but also threatening her right to life and liberty. The message needs to go out that these are completely unconstitutiol,” Grover said here. Over 40 clerics from Muslim organisations issued the ‘fatwa’ against the 16-year-old, restricting her from performing on stage, saying that such performance by a girl on stage was against the “Sharia laws”.
The clerics organisation had also distributed some leaflets in and around Udali area near Hojai in central Assam, asking the singer not to perform in a function scheduled for March 25. “The Supreme Court of India has said that these are unconstitutiol, illegal orders. Yes, they have profound social impacts. These clerics have no business passing these kind of diktats,” Grover said ahead of the launch of ‘Flo Advocacy and Legal Cell’ by FICCI Ladies Organisation. (IANS)