The father of Pakistani actress Veena Malik, embroiled in a scandal over a nude photo on the cover of a popular men’s magazine, has disowned her and said she needs to be punished if found guilty as an example to other women.
Malik’s father, Malik Mohammad Aslam, told the daily Mirror in London in what the daily described as an emotional outburst that he has disowned her.
“I have severed all ties with her and I don’t want her to have any share in whatever meagre assets I have until she is cleared of the controversy and pledges not to visit India again,” Aslam was quoted as saying by the daily.
Aslam, a retired soldier, has made it clear that he does not support his daughter’s decision to pose naked on the cover of the For Him Magazine with the letters ISI stamped across her forearm.
Malik has sued the magazine for millions of dollars, accusing it of publishing photos she says were doctored to make her appear nude, her lawyer said. Malik’s racy photo shoot in the December issue of FHM India has triggered a fury across her conservative Islamic country, where a nude photo shoot is nearly unthinkable.
In a photo posted on the FHM Web site, Malik is shown wearing no clothing, but with her arms and legs discreetly positioned to keep her covered. Her lawyer, Ayaz Bilawala, denied the photo was authentic. He sent notice to the magazine and was filing papers in the Mumbai High Court demanding all copies of the magazine be removed from newsstands.
The suit was also seeking 100 million rupees in damages. FHM India editor Kabeer Sharma insisted the photos were authentic.