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'Muslim Madonna' sparks ire over bikini

Muslim pop singer Deeyah's new music video that shows her stripping off a burka to reveal her bikini-clad body, has drawn Muslim world's ire.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 20:09 IST
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Muslim pop singer Deeyah has irked the Muslim world with her provocative new music video that shows her stripping off a burka to reveal her bikini-clad body.

Deeyah claims, the video, What will be?deals with Muslim women's rights and female empowerment, as it also features Muslim women who have fought for freedom of expression.

The singer, who was born in Norway but moved to the UK after her act alienated her from the Muslim community, has been forced to cancel performances and hire a team of bodyguards after inciting anger from British Muslims as well.

"I can't walk around without bodyguards. I would be lying if I said abuse from religious fanatics did not upset or scare me," the 28-year-old, dubbed as the 'Muslim Madonna' was quoted by Contactmusic, as saying.

Asian music TV network B4U TV dropped the video after receiving complaints.

"We played the video a couple of times and then did not play it again. We had threats which we were forced to take very seriously. These things are sensitive issues," an employee said.