Jharkhand: Muslim Yoga coach provided security after threats

Ranchi: Security has been provided to a Muslim woman in Jharkhand who teaches Yoga, as she is facing a threat to her life from some Hindus and also from members of her own community, the police said on Tuesday.

“I am receiving constant threats from fanatical elements from both religions. They are asking me to change my name, give up yoga teaching and wear a veil,” said the 21-year-old Rafiya Naaz, reported The New Indian Express.

The matter was brought to the notice of Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary to state Chief Minister Raghubar Das. He asked the police to provide security to the girl.

Acting on the instructions, Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kuldeep Dwivedi sent a police team to meet her, and now she has been provided two security guards — one male and one female, according to the police.

Rafiya Naaz, a resident of Doranda locality in Ranchi, ekes out a living for her family by teaching Yoga at Primitive Tribes Service Institution in state capital Ranchi. She is the eldest among her siblings. She is also doing her M.Com from a local college.

She came into the limelight after she shared the stage with Yoga Guru Ramdev in the city some time back.

Her family members are scared of threats issued by the members of her own community. She was threatened with Fatwa if she continued with her Yoga teaching.

“My problem is with members of both communities. On one hand I am asked not to teach Yoga and on the other, I am asked to change my name so that people do not hesitate to learn Yoga from me” Rafia told reporters.

She said: “I will continue to do Yoga and teach Yoga till the end of my life.”

–IANS inputs