‘No Relation Between Burqa and Terror’: Muslim Leaders Slam Shiv Sena

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Waquar Hasan| Caravan Daily

NEW DELHI – Muslim Leaders on Wednesday have slammed Shiv Sena for calling a ban on Burqa and relating it to terrorism. They said that there is no relation between terrorism and Burqa and the call for a ban on burqa by the saffron party is to demoralize and harass Muslims and to polarise Islamophobic voters for the ongoing elections.

In its mouthpiece Saamna, the Maharashtra-based party said that the burqa is a security threat to the country. “This restriction has been recommended as an emergency measure to ensure the security forces do not encounter difficulties in identifying anybody. People wearing face-masks or burqas could pose a threat to national security,” said the Sena in an editorial of the Saamna.

The call for a ban on niqab has come after the Sri Lanka government decided to impose a ban on the burqa post Easter Sunday attacks. Saffron outfit Hindu Sena also called for banning burqa at public places, government, and private institutions.

The call for burqa ban has raked up a fresh controversy and people have strongly criticized right-wing Hindu parties for denying their choice to what to wear. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said that this is a violation of model code of conduct. “Shiv Sena is ignorant, SC judgment on privacy clearly lays down that choice is now a fundamental right. It’s a violation of the MCC, I request EC to take immediate note of it… it’s an attempt to create polarization,” Owaisi told Media.

Heba Ahmed, Women Activist, believes that Burqa poses no threat to security at all. Muslim women are being targeted through raising such issues. “This is a regular form of Islamophobia calling for a burqa ban. The call has been made to polarize the voters but it is not just that. It’s part of everyday Islamophobia in India,” said Heba, who is pursuing Phd at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

She said that it’s not Burqa-clad women but it’s women like Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, who has been charged under UAPA in terror cases, threat to national security. Yet, she is being allowed to contest elections and the Muslim women are being singled out.

Navaid Hamid, President of All India Muslim Majlis-e- Mushawrat, said that there is no relation between burqa and terror activities. No burqa-clad women have been involved in terror activities in India.

“Organizations like Shiv Sena, Hindu Sena, and Hindu Jagirti Manch all are offshoots of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Their only agenda is to demoralize Muslims, to create an environment of fear in the country and to attack the faith of Muslims, which is Islam. No incident has any connection between terror activities and Muslim women. There is no relation between Muslim women and terror activities,” said Navaid Hamid.

Chairman of Delhi Minority Commission Zafarul Islam Khan said that burqa does not pose a threat to security. The call for its ban is being made to harass Muslims. One should have right to what to wear and what not. But he does not support burqa either. “I don’t support burq ban but I don’t support burqa either. But one should have a right to what she wears”.

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