Khatija Rahman, the daughter of the reputed Music director and Oscar Winner A.R.Rahman, has been on the social media spotlight after her response about her choice of attire has got much attention and support across the nation and she has been greatly lauded by the users for what they called as the appreciating stand.
"I will not be weak or regret the choices I’ve made in life. I am happy and proud of what I do and thanks to those who have accepted me the way I am"- this was the response from Khatija Rahman to Taslima Nasrin, the well-renowned writer. Khatija's response has the base from Taslima comment's over her attire. On February 11th, Taslima tweeted that "I absolutely love A R Rahman's music. But whenever I see his dear daughter, I feel suffocated. It is really depressing to learn that even educated women in a cultural family can get brainwashed very easily!" and she winged her tweet with the image of Khatija wearing Niqab.
I absolutely love A R Rahman's music. But whenever i see his dear daughter, i feel suffocated. It is really depressing to learn that even educated women in a cultural family can get brainwashed very easily! pic.twitter.com/73WoX0Q0n9— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) February 11, 2020
After Taslima brought up the topic, Khajita took his official Instagram handle, as she doesn't have an official Twitter account, and hit back at the writer. By sharing the screenshot of Taslima's tweet, Khatija said that "Been only a year and this topic is in the rounds again..there’s so much happening in the country and all people are concerned about is the piece of attire a woman wants to wear. Wow, I’m quite startled. Every time this topic comes the fire in me rages and makes me want to say a lot of things. Over the last year, I’ve found a different version of myself which I haven’t seen in so many years".
She further stated that "I will not be weak or regret the choices I’ve made in life. I am happy and proud of what I do and thanks to those who have accepted me the way I am. My work will speak, God willing. I don’t wish to say any further. To those of you who feel why I’m even bringing this up and explaining myself, sadly it so happens and one has to speak for oneself, that’s why I’m doing it."
Many appreciated the stand of Khatija and stated that she has ratified her stand clearly that she knew to decide and make choices in life. She further addressed to Taslima by stating that " Dear Taslima Nasreen, I’m sorry you feel suffocated by my attire. Please get some fresh air, cause I don’t feel suffocated rather I’m proud and empowered for what I stand for". Khatija didn't quit from upholding her stand-alone but rather, she recommended Taslima to google up about true feminism.
In her following message, she wrote: "I suggest you google up what true feminism means because it isn’t bashing other women down nor bringing their fathers into the issue". In her next post, Khatija stated that "I’m overwhelmed by the love and support I’ve got once again. Thank you all. I request you all not to abuse or make any hate speech against Ms. Taslima. Let's strive to become a broad-minded society in accepting the choices our fellow human beings make and also remember Ms. Taslima in our prayers and not judge her for the choices she’s made in life."
Last year, around the same time, Khatija has shared the dais with her father Rahman during which she was seen wearing a saree and covering her face in Niqab and her clothing choice had raised the speculations that she was forcefully made to wear niqab by her family. A.R.Rahman has answered and nullified the speculations after sharing a photo of his wife and two daughters with the hashtag of #FreedomToChoose. In that photo, Khatija was seen wearing a niqab while her sister Raheema and mother Sairaa were wearing the salwar.