Shiv Sena calls for ban on burqa in public places

Taking clue from Sri Lankan Presidetn Maithripala Sirisena’s dan burqas and other face-covering garments, Shiva Sena today asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to follow him, in view of “threat India poses” to nation’s security.

“This restriction has been recommended as an emergency measure to ensure the security forces do not encounter difficulties in identifying anybody. People wearing face-masks or burqas could pose a threat to national security,” said the Sena in an editorial in the party mouthpieces, “Saamana” and “Dopahar Ka Saamana”.

“It has happened in Raavan’s Lanka. When will it happen in Ram’s Ayodhya? We ask this question to the PM as he is scheduled to visit Ayodhya on Wednesday,” read the editorial.To bolster its call for the ban, Sena also cited examples of France, Australia and Britain, where it said the governments have made face covering illegal.

Moreover, Sri Lanka had been pointed out that ‘burqa’ and ‘niqab’ were never part of the traditional attire of Muslim women in Sri Lanka until the Gulf war in the early 1990s “which saw extremist elements introducing the garb to Muslim women”, the daily said. A number of female accomplices of the suicide bombers in Dematagoda, a Colombo neighbourhood, where three policemen were killed, too had escaped wearing burqas, reports had said.

However, the Sena’s proposal was immediate rejected by another NDA ally, union minister Ramdas Athawale of the Republican Party of India, who said that burqa should not be banned. “It is not right to say that all burqa wearing Muslims are terrorists, but there are people who misuse the burqa and they should be punished. There should be no such ban on burqa in India or Maharashtra. It’s a part of their (Muslims) tradition,”  he added.

Taking clue from Sri Lankan Presidetn Maithripala Sirisena’s dan burqas and other face-covering garments, Shiva Sena today asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to follow him, in view of “threat India poses” to nation’s security.

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