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Muslim Yoga teacher given security after threats 

Ranchi: A popular Muslim girl who teaches Yoga in Jharkhand state in eastern India has been provided security after she received death threats.

Rafia Naaz, a resident of Doranda, a suburb of Ranchi, the state capital, ekes out a living for her family by teaching Yoga.

Reports on November 7 said the girl is facing a threat to her life from members of her own community, who have asked him not to teach Yoga to anyone.

The matter was brought to the notice of Sanjay Kumar, principal secretary to Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das.

On his instructions, the police stepped up the security of Naaz.

Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Dwivedi has sent a police team to meet the girl.

She has also been provided two security guards – one male and one female – the reports quoting Jharkhand Police said.

Naaz is also doing M.Com from a local college. She rose to fame after she shared the stage with Yoga Guru Ramdev in Ranchi some time back.

Her family members are scared of after Naaz was threatened with fatwa if she continued with her Yoga teaching.

“My problem is with members of both communities. On one hand, I am asked not to teach Yoga, and on the other, I am asked to change my name so that people do not hesitate to learn Yoga from me,” Rafia told reporters.

Naaz says she has no plans to give up yoga teaching. “I will continue to do Yoga and teach Yoga till the end of my life,” she told reporters.

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