AR Rahman reacts to daughter Khatija wearing a niqaab, says it’s ‘freedom to choose’

Updated on Feb 07, 2019 05:27 PM IST

Composer AR Rahman was criticised on social media after his daughter wore a niqaab while sharing the stage with him at the 10th anniversary celebrations of his film Slumdog Millionaire.

AR Rahman with daughter Khatija Rahman on stage.
AR Rahman with daughter Khatija Rahman on stage.
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Oscar winning musician AR Rahman was recently criticised for his daughter Khatija wearing a niqaab as she interviewed him on Slumdog Millionaire’s 10th anniversary. Khatija has now reacted to the criticism, stressing the freedom to make her own choices.

She shared a detailed post on Facebook that reads, “I would like to say that the attire I wear or the choices I make in my life does not have anything to do with my parents. The veil has been my personal choice with complete acceptance and honour. I am a sane mature adult who knows to make my choices in life.”


Rahman, too, shared a picture showing his other daughter Raheema and wife Sairaa without the veil but Khatija covering her face at a party. He captioned it, “The precious ladies of my family Khatija, Raheema and Sairaa with NitaAmbaniji #freedomtochoose.”


The singer was criticised on the social media by users accusing him of forcing his daughter to wear a veil. A user wrote, “Proud of his music. Ashamed of his imposition of a medieval tyranny to his new age daughter. Saree and veil don’t go together, they stand for exactly opposition ideas. Saree celebrates womanhood. Burqa/ veil subdues it 10 feet under.”


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The fans of the singer came out in his support soon after. A user reacted, “Have you ever debated over why a celebrity’s daughter stood next to her dad in a cleavage poppin’ bodycon, or distastefully draped saree? Did her father ask her to dress like that? Social churning and cultural conditioning much? Jokers. #freedomtochoose” 


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