Bengali actress-turned-politician Nusrat Jahan has been admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a private hospital in Kolkata due to respiratory problem, people privy to the development said. Her family said in a statement "Nusrat has been admitted in hospital due to a respiratory issue. She has a history of Asthma... "
"Jahan is at ICU but in stable condition and conscious," sources said.
Jahan elected to Lok Sabha from Basirhat on a Trinamool Congress ticket, was admitted to the hospital at around 9.30 pm on Sunday. According to the sources, she is under the treatment of internal medicine specialist Sandip Mandal.
Earlier, Jahan was slammed by a prominent Muslim cleric slammed for attending Durga puja celebrations who said the popular Bengali film actor should change her name and religion because she is "defaming Islam and Muslims" by her actions.
Jahan, the first-time MP from Bashirhat, has been in the line of fire of the Muslim clergy for sporting symbols of Hindu matrimony like 'mangalsutra and sindur' since her marriage to a Hindu entrepreneur Nikhil Jain earlier this year.
Reacting sharply to the Deoband cleric's comments, Waseem Rizvi, the chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board, said Jahan was free to wear emblems of Hindu marriage like sindur, bindi or mangalsutra.
"Islam does not bar her from wearing these things.... there is no problem. If any follower of Islam wants to convert to another religion, they can do so, but nobody can be thrown out of Islam," he told a TV channel.
Jahan was trolled by several Muslim clerics for taking oath as MP on June 25 while wearing a saree and sporting sindur and mangalsutra, with Qasmi and some others calling it un-Islamic.
But the plucky actor had responded to criticism with characteristic boldness, asserting she represented an inclusive India.
I represent an inclusive India.. which is beyond the barriers of caste and creed and religion.. as much as I respect all religions.. I still remain a muslim.. and non should comment on what I choose to wear.. faith is beyond attire.. and is more about believing and practicing the invaluable doctrines od all religions. Nusrat, she had said.