Burqa ban in public in India – Lyricist Javed Akhtar has said that he is not averse to burqa ban provided a similar action is taken to ban ‘ghoonghat’ also which is widely prevalent in Rajasthan. He said “If you want to bring a law banning burqa here and if it is someone’s view I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ‘ghoonghat’ in that state”.
Akhtar also said that “I feel that ghoonghat should go and the burqa should go. I will be happy,”.
He further said that “Iraq is a very orthodox Muslim country but the women there do not cover their faces. The law in Sri Lanka, too, forbids face cover”.
While sharing his views on the ban, he also said that “I have little knowledge of the burqa as there were working women in my family and I haven’t seen the practice at my home.”
After his comments, a group from Rajasthan sought his apology on his statement. Akhtar issued a clarification later saying that “Some people are trying to distort my statement. I have said that may be in Sri Lanka it is done for security reasons but actually, it is required for women empowerment. Covering the face should be stopped whether naqab or ghoonghat .”
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) May 3, 2019
Mr.Subramanian Swamy, MP BJP also shared his views on the Burqa ban. He said that “There are 15 countries who have banned Burqa. Dress is your right subject to reasonable restrictions.”. He further said that “When it comes to national security or college or school discipline, where a uniform is prescribed, there, burqa cannot be a part of the uniform.”
Fazal Gafoor, President, Kerala’s Muslim Educational Society, has reportedly told a media organization that “the decision to ban veils was taken before the Sri Lankan government banned the burqa after the Easter Sunday bombings”. She also added that “The high court has given educational institutions freedom to decide their dress codes.”
Sri Lanka banned all kinds of burqa or any kind of face-covering cloth or mask across the island country because of the security reasons. Eight bombs targeted three churches and three high-end hotels of the country on April 21, leading to the deaths of more than 250 people.
Shiv Sena said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should follow Sri Lanka in the matter of burqa and should ban burqa in India. Shiv Sena on 1st May called for a ban on burqa as it was earlier used by terrorists for the Easter terror strikes in Lanka which claimed over 250 lives. Sri Lanka police identified and named all the nine Easter bombers.
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People are supporting burqa ban and saying, if burqa can be banned in Ravana’s Lanka then why not in Ram’s land.
Union Minister Ramdas Athawale, opposed Shiv Sena’s demand saying not all burqa-clad women are terrorists. “Not all women who wear burqa are terrorists, and if they are terrorists their burqa should be removed. It’s a tradition and they have the right to wear it, there shouldn’t be a ban on burqa in India,” Athawale said.
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, BJP Bhopal candidate, has also reportedly supported Sena’s demand and said that “such decisions have to be taken for the national interest. Some decisions like these must be taken for national security. We have to follow the rules during checking at the airport”.
This restriction has been recommended as an emergency measure to ensure that the security forces do not find difficulties in identifying people. Lot of people are of the view that people wearing face-masks or burqas could pose a threat to national security.