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'Muslim Madonna' a Hindu?

After creating a furore in the Muslim world with her burka bikini show, Muslim pop star Deeyah has come under fire from the leading Islamic council in Britain, which believes that she is a Hindu

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 21:26 IST

After creating a furore in the Muslim world with her burka bikini show, Muslim pop star Deeyah has come under fire from the leading Islamic council in Britain, which believes that she is a Hindu.

The Norwegian-born star, nicknamed 'Muslim Madonna', hit the headlines this week when she announced she had received death threats after her latest video featured her stripping off a burka to reveal a skimpy bikini.

However, The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) suspects Deeyah is lying about her religion and is actually a Hindu.

"Her real name is Deepika Thathaal. That's certainly not a Muslim name, it is identifiably Hindu. Our suspicion is that this is all a big publicity stunt," a MCB spokesperson was quoted as by Contactmusic, as saying.

First Published: Feb 23, 2006 21:26 IST