Raking up a controversy Shiv Sena on Wednesday demanded a ban on Burqa, a garment worn by Muslim women in Public places in the interest of national security.
Taking cue from neighboring Sri Lanka which issued orders banning any garment that is used in face covering after the Easter attacks, Shiv Sena also demanded a similar move to be implemented at home.
The latest demand by Sena evoked sharp reactions from across the country. The party had questioned the Prime Minister if such a ban could be implemented in Lanka, the country of Ravan, why can’t it be implemented in India, the country of Ram. This came at a time when PM Modi is holding an election rally in Ayodhya.
Shiv Sena in its mouth piece Saamana said in an editorial- “the restriction has been recommended as an emergency measure to ensure the security forces do not encounter difficulties in identifying anybody. People wearing facemasks or burqas could pose a threat to national security.”
Praising Sri Lankan President Maitripala Sirisena for the bold move of banning the garment, Sena said “this work will require as much dare as a surgical strike. The Sri Lankan President has done it overnight exhibiting great courage.”
Accusing Muslims of not understanding true meaning of Islam the write up said they confused it to mean some customs like triple talaq, polygamy, resistance to family planning, wearing burqa among others.
Citing the example of Turkey’s Mustafa Kemal Pasha who has banned the traditional Muslim attire, Sena argued that the garment is not an essential part of Islam.
Meanwhile Union Minister Ramdas Athawale reacted saying “Not all women who wear burqa are terrorists. If they are terrorists their burqa should be removed. It’s a tradition and they have right to wear it.”
Liberalist author Taslima Nasreen took to twitter supporting a ban on burqa. She wrote “People are saying banning the burqa won’t stop terrorism. I agree, it won’t stop terrorism but it will definitely stop women from being faceless zombies.”
AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed Shiv Sena for their demand and said no one can interfere in the matter as the Supreme Court laid the choice of dressing is a fundamental right. He also urged the EC to take note of Shiv Sena’s demand as it amounts to violation of poll code which is in operation.