New Delhi: Arjuna Award winner Jwala Gutta reprimanded champion wrestler and BJP leader Babita Phogat for holding Tablighi Jamaat responsible for spread of novel coronavirus across the country. Gutta in her response asked Phogat to take back the statement as virus does not see race or religion.
The 30-year-old wrestler claimed that she was getting threats after she had posted a series of tweets on the Tablighi Jamaat. “Over the past few days, I posted a few tweets. After that, I started getting threats on my social media handles”, Phogat said in a video posted on micro-blogging website.
Responding to Phogat’s video, ace badminton player Jwala Gutta, who has represented India at the highest level in mixed and women’s doubles events said, “we are sportspersons who represented our great nation which is secular and so beautiful…when we win all these people have celebrated us and our wins as their own!!”.
Sorry babita I don’t think this virus sees race or religion..I request you to take back ur statement …we are sportspersons who represented our great nation which is secular and so beautiful…when we win all these people have celebrated us and our wins as their own!! ????
— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) April 17, 2020
Jwala Gutta, in her recent interview with India Today said that many educated people are jogging on the road and “same educated lot is blaming one community that they are spreading the virus”.
Phogat who joined BJP last year and suffered heavy defeat in the national election from Haryana, On 15 April, took on twitter to say that coronavirus was only India’s second biggest problem, and “ignorant Jamaatis” were its biggest cause of concern with a controversial hashtag.
कोरोना वायरस भारत की दूसरे नंबर की सबसे बड़ी समस्या है।
जाहिल जमाती अभी भी पहले नंबर पर बना हुआ है।#jahiljamati
— Babita Phogat (@BabitaPhogat) April 15, 2020
A few weeks ago, she also posted about “ignorant Muslim pigs”, who, she claimed, were spreading coronavirus and used the hashtag #NizamuddinIdiots.
She ended her video by saying that she would continue to tell the truth. She also said she was no Zaira Wasim to be intimidated by threats.
Phogat was referring to the national award-winning Kashmiri actress Zaira Wasim, who played the role of Babita’s sister Geeta in Dangal. Wasim announced her decision to disassociate from Bollywood and a career in acting, saying that the lifestyle had taken her away from her faith and towards a “path of ignorance”.