Press Trust of India
January 23, 2011 18:34 IST
Pakistani actress and model,
Veena Malik broke down on national television when the host of
a TV show, cleric Maulana Qavi grilled and castigated her for
her behaviour on the Indian reality show, Bigg Boss 4.
The 32-year-old actress who earlier had a much
publicised break-up with Pakistani cricketer Mohammed Asif,
lashed out at her critics and clerics for degrading her, while
appearing on a show on 'Express' channel.
Since returning from India, Malik has been constantly
under fire for allegedly misrepresenting Pakistani women,
Islam and Pakistani culture on the show.
"You tell me is you conscience clear that you didn't
bring a bad name to Pakistan and Islam and that you behaved
inappropriate to our religious and cultural values," Maulana
Qavi asked her on the show.
Veena had raised a furore in the orthodox and
religious circles with her displays of affection with Indian
actor, Ashmit Patel, her way of dressing and language
on the show.
"I am just an entertainer and I was not representing
anyone on the show but myself. Why is everyone after me just
because I am a woman and a soft target," said a defiant Malik.
"Why doesn't anyone talk about the Pakistani actresses
or actors who have gone and accepted B and C grade roles in
India. Some have kissed on screen and worn bikinis. Tell me
did I wear a bikini on the show, did I kiss, did I undress,
whatever I did was part of the tasks on the show," added Malik
while defending herself.
Malik later tried to shift the focus to other things
happening in Pakistan.
"Maulvis sexually assault children in madrassahs under
their care. People are burnt alive in Pakistan. Corruption is
rampant. Women are gang-raped and there is extremism
everywhere and yet no one talks about these evils but everyone
is concerned about me what Veena Malik did," she said.
Malik broke down when the host of the show called her
"Begairat" (shameless) and she shot back at him.
"Who are you pass such indecent remarks about me who
gave you this right," she questioned.
The criticism on Malik comes at a time when the
country is facing a clear divide over the blasphemy law and
religious fundamentalism appears to be spreading and where the
liberals and moderates are afraid to express their views.
However, during the exchange, Maulana Qavi admitted he
had not seen the clips of the show but had heard about it from
"What does your Islam say, mufti sir?" Veena asked.
"You issue edicts on the basis of hearsay."
The actress has made it clear that she had read the
Quran and knew her limits as a Muslim and also as an
entertainer in South Asia.
Sources close to Veena said she had received
threatening phone calls since returning from India and was
trying to keep a low profile these days.