New Delhi: Talking to reporters on Sunday, social activist Swami Agnivesh threw weight behind a burqa and ghunghat ban in the country. Also Read - 'Burqa Is An Evil Custom, Muslim Women Will Be Freed From It': UP Minister
Agnivesh, who was in Bhopal to campaign for Congress candidate Digvijaya Singh, said that such a ban is not just needed in India but across the world. Also Read - Burqa 'Sign of Recent Religious Extremism, Will Definitely Ban It', Says Sri Lanka Minister
Further explaining his stance, Agnivesh said that he has travelled in Rajasthan and Haryana where he would often ask the women to shun the face veils or the ghunghat. Also Read - Activist & Arya Samaj Leader Swami Agnivesh Passes Away in Delhi After Suffering From Liver Cirrhosis
Speaking of burqas, he said that Muslim women themselves need to come forward and raise their voice against this practice. Reportedly, the social activist also said that some women in burqas look like aliens and ‘darr lagta hai dekhne mein, ajeeb sa lagta hai‘ according to a report in the Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar said he was not averse to enacting a law banning the burqa if it was accompanied with similar action against the ‘ghunghat’ system prevalent among women in Rajasthan.
Earlier this week, a Saamana editorial also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to follow Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s footsteps and ban burqas and other face-veils in India considering the “threat” they pose to the nation’s security.
But Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday clarified that the demand for burqa ban made in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana was not that of the Sena or its chief Uddhav Thackeray.
With PTI inputs