Shiv Sena demands PM to ban the burqa in the wake of Sri Lankan attacks
The Shiv Sena called for a ban on the use of burqa by women across the country in the wake of the series of attacks that took place in Sri Lanka which claimed the lives of about 250 innocent people. 'Saamana' and 'Dopahar Ka Saamana', the party mouthpieces stated that the call has been made to ban the burqa in the interest of national security referring to the plan being mulled by the Sri Lankan government.
“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 in the party mouthpieces. "It has happened in Raavan's Lanka. When will it happen in Ram's Ayodhya? We ask this question to the PM as he is scheduled to visit Ayodhya on Wednesday," read the editorial.
On the other hand, the Sena lauded Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says, "This work will require as much daring as a 'surgical strike.' The Sri Lankan President had done it by overnight banning burqa or veils or face-covers of any type in all public places. This is a work of great courage and restraint exhibited by (Sri Lanka) President Maithripala Sirisena.” However, the proposal was rejected by another NDA ally, union minister Ramdas Athawale of the Republican Party of India, who said that the burqa should not be banned.