New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Minister Raghuraj Singh has kicked up a fresh controversy by demanding a ban on burqas worn by Muslim women. Speaking at an event, the minister of state in the Labour Ministry said that Muslim women wear burqa because they are descendants of Surpanakha (the sister of Ravana mythical multi-headed demon king). Besides, Singh also claimed that burqas were being used by ‘terrorists’ to conceal their identity, apparently in reference to protests by women protesting against amended citizenship act.

The minister further explained that wearing a burqa started in Arabian countries and is not an Indian custom. He added India should ban its use and pointed out that even Sri Lanka had banned it after a series of bomb blasts ripped the country last year, leaving many dead and injuring scores of people.

“The system of burqa has come from Arab. They hide their face because Lord Lakshman had cut off their ears and nose. They wear burqas because they are the descendants of the demon. Only the descendants of demons can wear a burqa. No ordinary person can wear a burqa. I would also appeal to the country’s government to ban burqas because terrorists enter our country, wearing burqas. So, my fellow citizens, we have to unite because it is necessary to eliminate these goons”, a leading portal quoted Singh as saying.

Earlier last year Shiv Sena had demanded ban on burqa in public places across the country as ‘it poses a threat to national security’. The Sena had asked the Centre to follow Sri Lanka’s footsteps and ban burqas across India. The Sri Lankan government had banned burqa, niqab or any kind of face-covering veil across the island nation following the Easter Sunday serial blasts that killed over 250 people.

Meanwhile, the UP minister did not stop there. He also attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over ‘Beat the PM with sticks’ remarks and said that Modi and Yogi Adityanath are the icons of the nation and no one will tolerate such talk.

This is not the first time the minister has made a controversial statement. Earlier, while addressing a rally in Aligarh to create awareness about the CAA,  Singh had stated that people raising slogans against Modi and Yogi ‘would be buried alive’.