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.
Any unauthorised use or reproduction of bdnews24.com content for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited and constitutes copyright infringement liable to legal action.
- US, Japan first ladies: both unconventional yet poles apart
- Pope Francis says 'wait and see' on Trump
- The Trumps: Meet the new US First Family
- Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on moon, dies at 82
- Shakira urges Davos elite to nurture future leaders
- Baby kidnapped from Florida hospital found safe 18 years later
- New Zealand father and daughter found in Australia after month at sea
- American voters think Trump should close Twitter account: Poll
- 'Pharma bro' Shkreli suspended from Twitter for harassment
- Trump blasts Schwarzenegger over ' Apprentice' ratings
- Extradition of Bangabandhu killer will be a major breakthrough in Bangladesh-Canada relations: Shahriar
- Brain damage in former football players fuels ‘heading’ fears
- Bangladesh performs 25th bone marrow transplant in the first-ever centre
- New government report finds Bangladesh island chosen to relocate Rohingyas as 'fit for habitation'
- Separate road crashes in Cox's Bazar leave five killed, at least 20 injured
- Ruling Khulna MP's son using boundary wall to 'grab a family land'
- Old Dhaka road crash leaves medical college student killed
- Shaon files police complaint over 'embarrassing, horrifying' Facebook Live video
- PM Hasina stresses product diversification, exploring new markets for apparel exports
- Former MP Kader Khan 'confesses to planning and training’ to execute MP Liton’s murder