Election Aftermath: Burqa-clad Women Stopped from Boarding Lucknow Metro

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The family had to give up their plan to travel. — File photo

Caravan News

LUCKNOW — After the election results are declared and the ruling BJP got mandate to form the government at the centre with more power, the anti-minority feelings have started surfacing. Incidents of harassment of Muslims and Dalits are being reported on a daily basis.

In the latest incident, officials on the Lucknow Metro on Tuesday stopped five burqa-clad Muslim women from travelling in the metro after they refused to remove their veils.

Five Muslim women, belonging to one family, were stopped from travelling on the Lucknow Metro after they refused to remove their veils, reports IANS.

The women, who wanted to board the metro at Maiwaiya station on Tuesday had no reservations about being frisked and checked by women security personnel.

They were obstructed from boarding the metro as there was no women security personnel present to perform a security check on the ladies. Further, the male security guards refused to allow the group to board the metro.

The family later asked the officials for a refund and gave up their plans to travel.

The head of the family, Maaz Ahmad, has now sent a complaint to the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC).

LMRC Public Relations Officer Pushpa Belani said the complaint had been received and the matter will be probed to verify the allegations.

This is just one of a number of incidents against Muslims that are being reported in the northern areas of the country post the Lok Sabha (India’s Lower Parliament) elections.

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