Hena Shahab

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Hena Shahab (b. 1976[1]) is the wife of one of India's most notorious criminal-politician, Mohammad Shahabuddin, and a politician from the Rashtriya Janata Dal of Laloo Prasad. Her name is sometimes also spelled as Heena Shahab.

In the Indian general elections, 2009, her husband was in jail serving life-imprisonment for murder, and not allowed to contest the elections.[2] Shahab, who until then had led a devout burqa-clad life,[1] contested from her husband's Siwan (Lok Sabha constituency) as a RJD party candidate, but lost by 63,000 votes to her husband's longtime opponent Om Prakash Yadav.[3] Yadav, who was once been beaten up publicly by Shahabuddin, and had nine of his workers murdered after the 2004 elections,[4] won despite being an Independent candidate.[5][6] In the elections, she remained indoors and did "not even come out to campaign let alone address the electorate",[6] but managed to poll 172,000 (29%) of the votes.

In 2010, Laloo Prasad continued to promote Heena and Sahabuddin in his party.[7]


  1. ^ a b Nalin Verma (April 1, 2009). "A wife in burqa hits Siwan streets". The Telegraph (India).  quote: Earlier, devout Heena Sahab’s life revolved around religious scriptures and household chores.
  2. ^ Syed Faisal Ali (16 April 2009). "All eyes set on Bihar’s key constituency". Arab News. Retrieved February 24, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Fear no factor as dons get a drubbing". The Times of India. May 17, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ Saba Naqvi Bhoumick (April 2005). "The Saheb of Siwan". First Proof - The Penguin Book of New Writing from India I. New Delhi: Penguin. ISBN 0143032445. 
  5. ^ . IBN Live https://web.archive.org/web/20090519191532/http://ibnlive.in.com/politics/electionresults/constituency/4/04/siwan.html. Archived from the original on May 19, 2009. Retrieved 2012-02-24.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ a b "New Delhi News : Proxy wars in Siwan". The Hindu. 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  7. ^ "‘Saffron terror' comes in handy for Lalu, Paswan". The Hindu. Aug 29, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2012.