Actor-politician Urmila Matondkar has been repeatedly targeted by trolls over her religious identity. Urmila got married to Kashmiri businessman and model, Mohsin Akhtar Mir, in 2016. Last year, her Wikipedia was also edited repeatedly claiming that she had converted to Islam. Also, her husband was called ‘terrorist and ‘Pakistani’.
Urmila has now opened up about being targeted by trolls. She called it ‘unfortunate’. In a conversation with Mojo Story, Urmila said, “He was called a terrorist, a Pakistani. I mean, there is a limit to where it should go… They have even infiltrated my Wikipedia page and they have gone and put my mother’s name as Rukhsana Ahmed and my father’s name as Shivinder Singh, two human beings who must be living somewhere in India but I don’t know of. My father’s name is Shrikant Matondkar and my mother’s name is Sunita Matondkar.”
She further said, “To top it all, my husband is not only a Muslim but a Kashmiri Muslim. We both follow our religions in an equally staunch way. That gave them a bigger platform to troll me and constantly target him and his family. It was very unfortunate.”
Urmila also said that she doesn’t have a thick skin. She thinks that sensitivity is one of the strongest points of a woman. “Being able to have that compassion, that empathy and that sensitivity is what makes me a woman,” she said.