Mumbai: Making a strong statement against the fatwa issued against him, singer Sonu Nigam stunned everyone by shaving his head on Wednesday. A Muslim cleric from West Bengal had offered Rs 10 lakh to anyone who shaved Sonu Nigam's head on Tuesday. The singer accepted the cleric's challenge and promised to shave his head in a series of tweets posted earlier today. He even asked the cleric to keep the 10 lakhs ready. In a press conference held at his residence, the 43-year-old said the issue was a social one, not religious. “Today at Taking to Twitter, Sonu wrote, “Today at 2pm Aalim will come to my place, and shave my head. Keep your 10 lakhs ready Maulavi… And Press is welcome to participate at 2pm,” Nigam had earlier written on Twitter.
“If anyone can shave his hair, put a garland of old torn shoes around his neck and tour him around the country, I personally announce an award of Rs 10 lakh for that person,” Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi, vice president, West Bengal Minority United Council had said.
The controversy started after Sonu took to Twitter on Monday to write, “God bless everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India. And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don’t follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True? Gundagardi hai bus…”
The Mumbai Police have also beefed up security around the Bollywood singer’s house in light of the developments. He had taken to Twitter to say his problem was with loudspeakers, not any religion. “When I am talking about Loudspeakers, I did mention Temples and Gurudwaras too. Is it that hard to comprehend? Loosen up guys…. And dear Everyone, for those who are tainting my Tweets anti-Muslim, tell me 1 place where I have said anything related, & I’ll apologize,” he tweeted.