Musician AR Rahman and his daughter Khatija Rahman recently received a lot of criticisms on social media after the latter was seen wearing the niqab during an event. The father-daughter duo now responded to the flak stressing on "freedom of choice".
After Khatija was seen sporting saree along with niqab while attending an event with her father AR Rahman, many on social media started accusing the Oscar-winning musician of forcing her to cover her face with the niqab.
Taking notice of the nasty comments on social media, Khatija made a Facebook post defending her father and stated that it is her choice to wear the niqab, and she has all the rights to choose what she wants to wear.
"The recent conversation of myself on stage with my dad has been doing the rounds although I didn't expect such an overwhelming response. However, there were certain comments which said that this attire is being forced by my dad and that he has double standards. 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'm a sane mature adult who knows to make my choices in life. Any human being has a choice to wear or do what he/she wants and that's what I've been doing. Hence, kindly don't make your own judgments without understanding the exact situation #freedomofchoice [sic]," Khatija posted on Facebook
On the other side, AR Rahman also took to Twitter and shared a picture that showed his other daughter Raheema, wife Sairaa, and Khatija posing with Nita Ambani at a party. Unlike his other daughter and wife, Khatija again is seen wearing the niqab. He captioned the image saying, "The precious ladies of my family Khatija, Raheema, and Sairaa with NitaAmbaniji #freedomtochoose [sic]
Image sources: youtube screenshot and facebook account of Khatija Raheman