The Jharkhand Police have increased security outside the house of a yoga teacher in Ranchi after she reported receiving threats. Reports on Friday alleged that a mob had pelted stones at her house.
Two quick response teams are stationed near Rafia Naaz’s house, Deputy Superintendent of Police Vikas Chandra Srivastav said, according to PTI.
On Thursday, Naaz was allegedly threatened by some members of her community for performing yoga, India Today reported. She told the police that the mob attacked her house after she gave an interview to a TV channel.
“I have been receiving constant threats from fanatical elements from both religions,” Naaz told The New Indian Express. “They are asking me to change my name, give up teaching yoga and wear a veil.”
On Saturday, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nupur Sharma and Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande demanded action against the attackers, according to ANI.
“Women are targeted adversely for singing songs, acting in movies and now, for teaching Yoga,” Sharma said. Sena leader Manisha Kayande told ANI, “The Home Ministry needs to arrest the people involved.”