Old stager lyricist Javed Akhtar on Thursday, 2 May, made a point, and we nod our head ‘yes’ to that. He asserted that he is not against enacting a law banning the burqa if the same thing is done with forbidding the ‘Hindu’ veil. He demands similar action against the 'ghunghat' system prevalent among women in Rajasthan.
His comment was prompted after the Shiv Sena mouthpiece on Wednesday, 1 May, urging the Modi government to follow Sri Lanka in banning the burqa on grounds of national security.
“If you want to bring a law banning burqa here (in India) 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 `ghunghat’ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that state.” He told the reporters in Bhopal.
"I feel that ‘ghunghat' should go and the burqa should go. I will be happy," he added.
Putting further insight into the issue, the Bollywood veteran said, "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."
"Iraq is a very orthodox Muslim country but the women there do not cover their faces. The law in Sri Lanka (now), too, forbids face cover," said the renowned screenwriter.
In the editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana', the Sena had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to follow the likes of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's and ban the burqa and other face-covering garments in the country taking into account the "threat" they pose to the nation’s security.
Sri Lanka's decision came out after the Easter Sunday terror attacks in the island nation that killed over 250 people.
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