Programme misprint 'ruins violinist's life'
A Bengali violinist says his life has been "destroyed" after his name was replaced by a rude word in an official festival programme.
Abdul Shahid said he has been subjected to "immense ridicule" after his first name was written as "bal" which means "pubic hair" in Bengali.
More than 85,000 copies of the programme were circulated by Tower Hamlets council for the annual Baishakhi Mela Festival last year.
Mr Shahid, 43, a father-of-four, is now suing Tower Hamlets for more than £300,000 for damages, reports the London Evening Standard.
He claims he has been subject to "immense ridicule, taunting and humiliation" which rendered him unable to work.
Prior to the misprint, Mr Shadid performed across the world, including nine times in America, and was regularly broadcast on Bengali TV channels.
"My name has been destroyed, it's a disaster. Everybody in this community knows me," he said.
"When I go outside everyone who knows me and my family are like 'woo, woo, woo', making fun of me. They say 'Bal, Bal' and I am ashamed.
"I have lost my livelihood. I was a very popular player, but since this has happened, I haven't been out of the house much at all. I only feel comfortable going out at night."
A spokeswoman for Tower Hamlets council said: "A claim has been issued against the council which it is in the process of defending."
what do you think?
Shah Suhail Ahmed
even in the article his name is spelt wrong... "Mr Shadid" in 6th paragraph... who has this guy upset
well spotted that man......maybe you should contact him and let him know,maybe you 2 could sue orange
What a wet little man. He called me a name....boo hoo grow up. Get off the suing train as well free loader
£300,000 seems like a lot for misprinting one word. £300,000 isn't a lot for a ruined life. After considering the matter for a few minutes, I think, he seems to be wasting tax payer money and time, or rate payer money, or both ... on the misspelling of a single word. That's my opinion.
what a bal s up that was.......lol
Thanks to himself, he will be forever known as Bal! There's a price to pay for being outrageously greedy. £300,000?! Do you think he mean't in bangladeshi currency, which would make it just under 3Gs.
as bengali doesnt use english letters how can it be a misprint its just a subjective trnslation of a word, a ruined life i dont think so, a money grabbing opportunity from a hand me out council more like
easy money and of course he will get it. Please call me anything u like so i can sue and not live on 2 euros a day for food.
please call me any name u like as long as i get 300,000 euros
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What a creep this guy is.. Amongst all the things which really can ruin your life such as serious illness or accidents misspelling a name is suddenly life threatening. I thought I feel litigation coming on and sure enough I wasn't disappointed. So typical of the UK these days. Lets hope Mr short & curly gets his come uppance in court and costs are awarded against him to teach this chancer a lesson
what a load of bal lucks if he gets the money!
I can understand him being annoyed, but to say it's ruined his life? Get a grip man.