Tulip Siddiq tells The Sunday Times she received death threats online
News Desk, bdnews24.com
Published: 2016-06-10 22:32:47.0 BdST Updated: 2016-06-10 22:32:47.0 BdST
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s granddaughter British MP Tulip Siddiq has said she received death threats online, according to The Sunday Times.
She has called for training of female MPs to deal with such vicious online trolling.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s niece Tulip told The Sunday Times: “I have had horrendous abuse... ranging from, ‘Why aren’t you wearing a hijab?’ to ‘If I could I would kill you’.”
The young Hampstead and Kilburn MP from a Muslim family said she first received online abuse during the general election campaign in 2014, when she was trolled because of her Bangladeshi heritage.
She claimed she was told: “The young people of Hampstead will never vote for someone with a name like yours.”
Alongside congratulations, the daughter of the Bangabandhu’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana received criticism for having a baby during her first year in Parliament.
The Labour MP told The Sunday Times, “Women - or their Twitter profiles said they were women - said things like, ‘Make up your mind, you are either a mother or an MP, you can’t do both’.”
She said she has considered using her married name online to deter some of the racist and religious insults she receives: “I do sometimes wonder if I was Tulip Percy on Twitter whether it would be as bad,” The Sunday Times reported.
Tulip married Percy in 2013 when she was a councillor for Regents Park.
She also claimed that several female MPs who are frequent targets for trolls have formed an unofficial support group.
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