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Mon, 26 Aug 2019

Northeast Today

Burqa, ghoonghat are the same, ban both, says Javed Akhtar

Burqa, ghoonghat are the same, ban both, says Javed Akhtar
May 05
13:19 2019

NET Bureau

Amid demand over ban on burqa (loose garment covering the whole body from head to feet worn by Muslim women), noted lyricist Javed Akhtar on Thursday advocated ban it as well as ghoonghat (a veil or headscarf worn by some married Hindu, Sikh and Jain women).

The Shiv Sena on Wednesday in its mouth-piece “Saamana” called for a ban on the burqa at public places.

Reacting to the call, Akhtar said: “All women in my family have been professionals. My mother taught at Hamidiya Collage of Bhopal. I have never seen the burqa at my home. That’s why my knowledge about it is brief.”

“There is a controversy over the burqa. Iran is a hardliner Muslim country, but women don’t cover their faces there. A new law in Sri Lanka bars women from covering their faces. Whatever is your attire, the face should be visible,” he said.

“If someone wants this kind of law here, and if this is somebody’s opinion I don’t have any objection. But before the end of last phase of (Lok Sabha) elections, the government must announce that no woman will be allowed to use ghoonghat in Rajasthan,” Akhtar said.

Akhtar said: “Faces covered with the burqa or the ghoonghat, it’s same. If both would be removed, I would be happy”.

Meanwhile, taking a swipe at BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Javed Akhtar said that just because a person dresses like a sant doesn’t necessarily mean the person is a sant. “Don’t go by her appearance. Just because a person looks like a sant doesn’t mean the person is a sant. Don’t forget that when Ravana came to abduct Sita, he too was dressed like a sant,” he said while addressing a press conference here.

Thakur is among the seven accused, facing trial in Malegaon blast case in which six people were killed and a dozen others were injured when a bomb placed on a motorcycle exploded on September 29, 2008.

Stating that BJP’s selection of candidate shows the party thinks the people of Bhopal are insignificant, Akhtar said: “BJP is full of good people. Yet she is what you chose for Bhopal? You (BJP) should have looked for a place which is inhabited by illiterate, communal people and made her contest from there.”

Source: The New Indian Express

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