Eid ‘hugging’ video: Moradabad teen says she was not seeking publicity

Moradabad: Alisha Malik, whose video of hugging people on the occasion of Eid is going viral, has now defended herself after facing reported backlash from a section of the community.

The teenager from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, said that she had no “wrong intention” and was not seeking publicity.

“I had no wrong intention. I hugged 100 people to wish them Eid Mubarak,” Malik was quoted as saying by a news agency.

“I had not done it for publicity. My family is getting messages about how I have ruined the reputation of the family and religion. I don’t know how and why that video has gone viral,” she added.

Malik shot to instant fame after a video showing her giving hugs to men and boys outside a Moradabad mall quickly gained thousands of views.

In the video from June 16, boys and young men can be seen queuing up to receive the hugs.

As per media reports, some community members have criticised the girl’s move.

According to an earlier report, many young men were seen making videos of their own and clicking selfies with the enthusiastic teen.

A 22-year-old man, who was one of the recipients of the hugs, described it as a “great surprise”, adding the local community did “not expect a young woman in Moradabad to offer hugs to male strangers” on Eid. Such a thing had never happened in town, he said.