Singer-composer Wajid Khan passed away on June 1 after getting infected from COVID-19 which led to his kidney failure. Recently, Wajid’s wife Kamalrukh Khan took to social media and penned down a long note describing how her in-laws are forcing her to convert into Islam. In her long note, Kamalrukh revealed that the constant pressure from Wajid’s family for changing the religion is causing a feud between them. Kamalrukh also mentioned that she is being harassed after Wajid’s death. Now, in a recent interview, Wajid Khan’s wife Kamalrukh revealed why she chose to speak up now.

In an interview with Times Of India, Kamalrukh Khan explained that she is fighting for the inheritance that rightly belongs to their children. She was quoted saying, “Now, when what is due to his kids is being taken away, I feel compelled to speak out. Life has brought me to a point where I need to fight for my children’s due inheritance as his family has usurped his assets post Wajid’s death. I am both father and mother to them, and in practical matters, always have been! My daughter is 16 years and my son is 9 years. I have to pay for their education and our upkeep. I work as a clinical hypnotherapist and our primary source of earning has been Wajid’s marital support. If that too is being snatched away by those who haven’t bothered to keep in touch with me or my children for the past 7-8 years, on such unfair grounds, I need to fight back on every front.”

She even went on to say that no woman should suffer what she went through in her 17-years of marriage. In the interview, Kamalrukh Khan explained how she was being pressurised by Wajid Khan’s family to convert to Islam. She claimed that her kids were called illegitimate as she did not agree to convert. She even stated that Wajid’s mother, in front of her, would ask the singer-composer to remarry to which he would not agree. Kamalrukh Khan stated that her fight is against the distortion created by using faith.

“No woman should have to face what I have faced during these 17 years of marriage. If my children’s inheritance is under threat and my reputation is being dragged through the mud, I will speak out. No one should be able to get away with this. Legal battles apart, people should know. If an educated, independent woman like me can go through this just because she married for love and did not convert, a lot worse can happen to others that are less empowered. Beyond forced conversions and marriages tied to conversions, I want to focus on the trauma that I have faced. My post isn’t against any one religion. All religions are equal, it is how one uses faith to distort matters. I stand against this distortion,” said Kamalrukh.

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