A quote attributed to veteran Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi is doing the rounds on social media, challenging certain practices prevalent in society and making fun of Hindu festival.
The quote, which has an image of Azmi greeting, mentions in Hindi, “This Navratri, I pray to Allah that Lakshmi doesn’t have to beg. Durga shouldn’t be subjected to female feticide. Parvati should not give dowry. Saraswati should not remain uneducated because of lack of schools and Kali should not need Fair and Lovely. Insh Allah.” The image then poses a question to Azmi, “Will she speak about triple talaaq, four wives, burkha, halala and population control?”
You can view the image below.
Reacting to this, Shabana on Tuesday tweeted that the quote is falsely attributed to her and she works for all women irrespective of their religion.
I have NEVER said this . It is DISGUSTING what trolls will stoop to polarise and communalise an already charged atmosphere. I work for all women irrespective of their religion. pic.twitter.com/ACqn5vx3dU
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) April 9, 2019
What is the reality?
During Navratri in 2017, Shabana Azmi did make a similar remark. This has been pointed out by many in the comment section of her tweet.
The original tweet of Shabana is in English that reads, This Durga Asthami, let’s pray that no Durga is aborted, no Saraswati is stopped from going to school, no Lakshmi has to beg for money from her husband, no Parvati is sacrificed for dowry and no Kali is given a tube of fairness cream!!!
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) September 29, 2017
The viral quote is the translation of Shabana’s original tweet, but with some changes. Shabana’s tweet says that no Lakshmi should beg for money from her husband, but in the translation, the context of husband’ is missing. Words such as Insha Allah have also been added to the viral post.
The text in Shabana’s tweet may not be her own words because the same text had been posted by some other netizens also.
Uncanny similarities with Ranaut’s fake quote
Azmi’s false quote had an uncanny similarity with Ranaut’s, that was debunked earlier. This in turn was a major rip off from several replies to Azmi’s original tweet of September, 2017.
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