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Shiv Sena asks Indian PM to ban burqa

India’s Shiv Sena in a controversial demand in its editorial Saamna yesterday, demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ban the burqa in public places across the country, as it posed a threat to national security.

The Sena has contended that its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), must follow Sri Lanka’s footsteps and ban burqas across India, India Today reported.

Sri Lanka banned the burqa, niqab or any kind of face veil following the Easter Sunday serial blasts.

The Sena said that it is not just triple talaq that needs to be banned in India; the burqa should be banned as well. The party in its mouthpiece, asked PM Modi, who is in Ayodhya for an election rally, that if Sri Lanka being the country of Ravana has imposed the ban, then why can’t it be implemented in a country like India, which is the country of Ram.

“This restriction has been recommended as an emergency measure to ensure the security forces do not encounter difficulties in identifying anybody. People wearing face veils or burqas could pose a threat to national security,” the Sena said in its editorial.

“This work will require as much daring as a ‘surgical strike’. The Sri Lankan President has done it by overnight banning burqa or veils or face masks of any type in all public places. This is a work of great courage and restraint exhibited by President Maithripala Sirisena,” the Sena said.

It pointed out that there have been bans on both burqas for women and beards for men even in Muslim countries like Turkey in the past, especially when Kamal Pasha suspected that these were being misused for carrying out anti-national activities, “proving (burqa-beard) are basically not linked with Islam.”

The Sena said Sri Lanka which has just been liberated from the LTTE’s terror is now in the grip of Islamic terror like India, and others like the UK, France, New Zealand.

But it lamented that the kind of tough measures being adopted by other countries were still lacking here, especially since areas like Jammu and Kashmir were being destroyed by the same Islamic terrorists.

On Tuesday, the right-wing fringe group Hindu Sena wrote to the Home Ministry, demanding a complete ban on face covers, burqa and niqab in public places and government and private institutions on the lines of Sri Lanka, to prevent terror attacks.

“We request you to immediately formulate policies at both tactical and strategic levels to prevent the occurrence of such attacks in India and Indian territories, including embassies and high commissions across the world,” the letter read.

“Please impose a ban on full face covers and dresses like burqa and niqab in all public places and inside government and private institutions. These types of head coverings enable terrorists to hide their identity from CCTV cameras and other surveillance measures.

Sri Lanka has already implemented this policy,” it said. (India Today)

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