While various countries have been raising concern over Burqa or Veils, including the latest Sri Lanka government after Easter Sunday attacks that left 253 killed and over 500 injured, Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar appears to be deeply hurt by demands of banning Burqa.
Akhtar, who has been known for his criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, has said, “Covering face may be a problem when it comes to security. If Burqa is banned then, ghoonghat (worn by traditional Hindu women) too should be taken into account. What is the need of burqa or ghoonghat?”
The actor’s comment came in the wake of the Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ urging Modi government to emulate Sri Lanka in banning the burqa on grounds of national security, on Thursday.
“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 ghoonghat,” stated Akhtar.
Furthermore, the Padma Bhushan awardee lyricist added, “Brother, I have a little knowledge of the burqa as there were working women in my family and I have not 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, too, forbids face cover.”
Akhtar received a backlash from social media after his comment over burqa banning issue.