Popular Bengali actress and Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan Ruhi has received death threats on social media for posing as Goddess Durga as part of a photoshoot of a clothing line that she posted on Instagram on September 17. According to latest reports, she has requested the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to provide her additional security after the death threats that have come her way. Currently shooting for an upcoming film in London, the TMC MP has also sought for extra security arrangements from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal as well. Although Ms Jahan has requested the MEA for additional security, she has asked the Bengal government for security during her domestic travel. As per reports, the MEA is at present said to be holding discussions with the Indian embassy in London in regard to her protection. 

On the auspicious occasion of Mahalaya, Nusrat Jahan had posted a photo of herself on Instagram where she is seen posing as Goddess Durga, with a trishul in her hand, while also sharing videos of the photoshoot in the same attire later. However, her photoshoot ended fetching her heat from the public, who objected to her posing as a Hindu goddess as she is a Muslim woman. Within hours of posting the images and videos on social media, death threats reportedly began popping up on her timeline from India and Bangladesh. Since Ms Jahan is not currently present in India, she is yet to file a police complaint. 


Shubho mahalaya... সকল কে.

A post shared by Nusrat (@nusratchirps) on

This is not the first time the popular actress turned politician has been threatened for her views as she was abused earlier for marrying a Hindu, wearing 'sindoor' or vermillion and participating in the rath yatra. Last year, pictures of her and her husband at the Durga Puja pandals had gone viral and drawn abuse. Recently, Ms Jahan had filed a complaint to the Cyber Cell of Kolkata Police in regard to the unauthorised use of her photo by FancyU, a video chat and dating app. 

Nusrat Jahan Ruhi has acted in more than 20 Bengali films to date among which two are awaiting their releases. Representing the Trinamool Congress, she won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Basirhat in West Bengal by over three lakh votes and was one among the 17 women who were fielded by Mamata Banerjee in the national elections.