Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar has recently found himself in a trouble after some of his comments at an event.
The lyricist said he was not averse to enacting a law banning the burqa if it was accompanied with a similar action against the ‘ghunghat‘ system prevalent among women in Rajasthan.
Well, these comments of Javed Akhtar came after Shiv Sena on Wednesday urges the Modi government to emulate Sri Lanka in banning the burqa on grounds of national security.
Javed Akhtar’s Ghoonghat Ban comment creates stir
“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,” Akhtar told reporters here.
“I feel that `ghunghat‘ should go and the burqa should go. I will be happy,” he added.
Speaking further on the issue, the Bollywood veteran said, “Brother, 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 celebrated screenwriter.
Well, these comments of Javed Akhtar didn’t goes well down with Karni Sena and Jeevan Singh Solanki Maharashtra Karni Sena Chief has recorded a video and given a 3-day ultimatum to Javed Akhtar to apologise.
Checkout the video here:
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In the editorial in party mouthpiece `Saamana’, the Sena had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to follow Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s footsteps and ban the burqa and other face-covering garments in India considering the “threat” they pose to the nation’s security.
Sri Lanka’s decision came in the wake of the Easter Sunday terror attacks in the island nation that killed over 250 people.