A Muslim woman from Mumbai is worried that she might be labelled a “terrorist” if she speaks out about her Muslim faith, and says she doesn’t want to become a “pariah” for her faith.
“I’m a Muslim but I’ve never been a terrorist,” Ayesha Faruqi told CNN.
“I don’t want that to be the case.”
The 27-year-old, who is a student at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, said she has been the target of harassment and bullying at school because of her religion.
Ayesha said she feels unsafe in public spaces because of the stigma attached to being a Muslim.
“My hijab is considered ‘bigoted’ and ‘offensive’ and I feel like I’m a terrorist because of it,” she said.
Ayeshafar Khan, a Pakistani-born US citizen, is an aspiring model who has been hailed as one of the best young Muslim models in the world.
She is also the daughter of Pakistani-American activist Ayeshia Khan.
Aisha Khan was a founding member of the Black Lives Matter movement and an outspoken campaigner against police brutality and police brutality in the US.
Last year, she became the first Muslim woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Lifetime Achievement.
According to CNN, Khan said she believes the media’s portrayal of Muslims in the United States is not fair.
“There is a bias that exists in the media because of my religion,” Aisha Khan said.
“It is very unfortunate that there is this perception that Muslims are terrorists.”
“It is also very unfortunate because it is not accurate,” she added.
Ainsha Khan has previously said that the media portrays Muslims in America as “bigoted” and “anti-American”.
Ainshayak Khan, who hails from Pakistan, said her mother was told by her school principal to stop speaking out about Muslim culture.
“She told me that I was a terrorist.
My mother was angry, she said that I’m not Muslim.
I told her I’m Muslim,” she told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
The teacher, who had the opportunity to leave the school, did not return calls seeking comment.
When asked about the comments made by her mother, Ainsha said: “I have my own feelings but I don’t think it’s right for me to speak about it.”