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Asian JLo faces religious wrath

Asian JLo faces religious wrath

Publication: The Times of India
Date: January 18, 2005
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/994252.cms

A sultry pop singer dubbed the "Muslim Madonna" is facing the wrath of religious fundamentalists after releasing a sexy video for her first British single.

Deeyah, 27, has become the target of violent threats from members of the Muslim community offended by her glamorous image. Her video is reportedly being shown on Indian channels.

The singer, of mixed Pakistani, Afghan and Persian descent, has received intimidating phone calls, aggressive emails and verbal threats from Asian youths warning her to "tone down and cover up".

But Deeyah has vowed to defy them all in her attempts to carve out a pop career.

She said: "It is not going to make me go away. This is such a liberal, multicultural country and I never thought my background could become such an issue to some people.

"It does scare me but it also angers me and encourages me not to give up, and my parents encourage me.

"I do not flaunt my religious background, I never sing about it and compared to other pop stars I am not particularly risqué."

When Deeyah did a tour of junior schools, including some Muslim schools in Bradford, her performances provoked several boys to leave the room and fights broke out as tensions rose among the students.

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