Irfan Pathan's wife 'exposing' arms photo causes internet frenzy

Published: July 18, 2017



Indian all-rounder cricketer Irfan Pathan on Monday posted a picture with his wife Safa Baig on Facebook which created a heating debate among his fans.

The photo portrays the couple as they are sitting in a car happily. The caption reads: “This girl is trouble” accompanied the picture alongside the hashtags #love and #wifey.

It seemed like a generic post of a couple being cute, until people started commenting negatively on how Baig who is a model by profession,  is ‘exposing’ her arms in the picture. Yes, her arms.

This wasn’t even a few comments but a chain of hate-laden remarks tinged with tones of policing the woman for being ‘unislamic’.





Pakistani women who have been body-shamed

The backlash, however, did not end there. People also seemed to raise concern about the fact that Baig was wearing nail polish. This proceeded to turn into a frenzy of arguments on the post, regarding how a woman should and should not dress in public.





To shut his critics up, the star cricketer tweeted:

In all this hatred, however, there were also some people who defended Pathan’s wife and called out the people who were posting hate comments.

Women are trolled all the time, it has nothing to do with Ramazan: Richa Chadha





As absurd as it seems, this isn’t the first time a woman has been policed and shamed for wearing certain kinds of clothes that do not allegedly measure up to the standards of these people who then proceed to tell the woman what or what not to wear on a public post.

A couple of months ago, Priyanka Chopra was shamed for showing her legs during her meeting with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In addition to that, Dangal actress Fatima Sana Shaikh was also shamed for wearing a swimsuit during the month of Ramazan.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Sexton
    Jul 19, 2017 - 5:22AM

    Shock, horror, an attractive young woman showing her extended wrists. What are youing women coming too? Next thing they will be showing their feet, carbuncles and all.Recommend

  • Iqra Sana
    Jul 19, 2017 - 7:34AM

    How stupid ppl are!!
    Muslim women can put nail polish and makeup but just not during wudhu because the water has to reach that every part of ur body : This is what Islam says . Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Jul 19, 2017 - 9:42AM

    What’s wrong with these people? They can live in caves if they want to. Don’t push your false morality on others !!Recommend

  • Giri
    Jul 19, 2017 - 9:54AM

    This growing Jihadi mindset that wants to control women is real issue in India today. You must allow Muslim woman to decide what she wears. If you want freedom to eat what you want to eat in India.Recommend

  • Yasir
    Jul 19, 2017 - 11:11AM

    I wish these people visit places like Jeddah, Riyadh, Dubai and other Arab states. They’ll see nail polish everywhere. Why don’t they teach Islam to them there? Recommend

  • Bossman
    Jul 19, 2017 - 11:24AM

    These people should get a life. Irfan bhai stay blessed. Love from Pakistan.Recommend

  • Bryan
    Jul 19, 2017 - 11:35AM

    True Yasir- I have lived in many Gulf nations since 20 years. I have seen all kinds of Arabs, Egyptians, Syrians, Jordanians, Sudanese.
    They have a huge fashion sense and spend money on it. My father’s Arab friends are single malt connoisseurs.
    While touring Malaysia, Indonesia also one can see the fashion on display.

    Which world are these trollers living?

    Pls visit Dubai once to see how people live fashionably.Recommend

  • Rajiv
    Jul 19, 2017 - 11:36AM

    Lovely watch too!Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jul 19, 2017 - 12:05PM

    What the world is failing to realize is that most of the comments were from hindus using fake Muslim names and posting on social media. Anything to undermine an Indian Muslim who found some success in life. Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jul 19, 2017 - 12:08PM

    @Iqra Sana:
    The woman is a professional model and so these kind of things are expected. I am surprised she didn’t show more in the pic. The man knew he is marrying a professional model who has shown much more to many more so he too is not bothered. Recommend

  • Billa
    Jul 19, 2017 - 8:56PM

    Stop being judgmental, people. Worry about your own self instead of minding others.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jul 19, 2017 - 9:49PM

    I think Irfan is very blessed:) Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Jul 20, 2017 - 10:14AM

    Muslims Are like that everywhere.Recommend

  • Andaleeb
    Jul 20, 2017 - 2:41PM

    Women are not possessions of men. They have equal rights. Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jul 20, 2017 - 7:48PM


    Have you ever heard the ‘hierarchy of needs’? Basics have to be done first before you jump of condemning Muslims for none violent thing like keeping women in pardah.
    First, you have to stop men raping women and children in India and among many other important things. Maybe, control women is on the bottom of all that. Recommend

  • Mehreen
    Jul 21, 2017 - 6:33AM

    Neither should men show bare arms in public. I might get overcome with lust at the sight of a man’s bare arms.Recommend

  • Kushal
    Jul 21, 2017 - 1:20PM

    @Lakhkar Khan: May be that is why rapes don’t occur in Pakistan right, because you put your woman in Purdah? And what kind genius theory is that keeping woman in purdah is non violent thing? There is subtle violence behind every woman in Purdah.Recommend

  • Depel Das
    Jul 28, 2017 - 10:50AM

    @Faisal: However your comment suggests that your is not a fake identity though. You must be a muslim that too from Pakistan !!Recommend

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