Renowned columnist Tarek Fatah weighed in on the controversy over BJP ally Shiv Sena's demanding a burqa ban akin to oneSri Lanka following the serial blasts which killed 250 in the island nation.
Fatah supported the suggestion of a Burqa ban but said that India should take a decision on the matter by itself seeing the merits of the issue. He also said criticised the tradition of wearing the Burqa calling it a mobile prison that puts women in the form of slavery.
"Not necessarily (follow Sri Lanka) but on its own merit, Burqa is a mobile prison for women, it has nothing to do with religion. It is a very medieval way of treating women as cattle. Sri Lanka is not the first country, it has been banned in many countries. It has been used to hide terrorists. You remember that Osama used Burqa to flee from Afghanistan. It is simply unethical to place half of any society in a mobile prison. It does nothing but destroy the women's existence by putting her in a form of slavery. Those who do not support the ban do so for political consideration. Quebec is going to put a ban in Canada on any form of attire which shows the person's religiosity," he said.
Author-in-exile Taslima Nasreen also commented on the matter. Nasreen posted a series of tweets wherein she has supported the call for burqa saying that 'it will stop women from being faceless zombies', however, not over the security concerns.
Earlier, in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamna, the Shiv Sena asked PM Modi that if Sri Lanka, which the Sena has referred to as the country of Raavan, can ban the Burqa, then why can't India, which is the country of Lord Ram, implement the same?
However, the BJP differed with its ally on the Sena's demand for a pan-India ban on Burqas on the grounds of national security. Rajya Sabha MP and BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao has expressed his party's opposition to such action.