Spelling mistake could cost Tower Hamlets £300,000
Musician Abdul Shahid claims Tower Hamlets Council have ruined his life after spelling his name wrong in a brochure. His name was mis-spelt as 'Bal' meaning 'pubic hair' in Bengali, and was printed in a programme that was distributed to more than 85,000 people at the Baishaki Mela Festival in Brick Lane. Father of four, Mr Shahid (43) has been unable to work because the experience has left him feeling humiliated. Prior to the incident Mr Shahid had played his violin throughout the world including nine concerts in America. He said: 'I have lost my livelihood and haven't been out of my house much. I only feel comfortable going out at night. Loosing your name is the worst thing that can happen in my community.' Mr Shahid's wife Nazam Begum has started shopping online to avoid comments while shopping locally. The couple are now suing the council for £300,000 in damages claiming the incident has damaged them financially and mentally. The council have confirmed they have received legal proceedings regarding the matter but have not commented on the case.