After Shiv Sena demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ban Burqa across the country, BJP's candidate for Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Sadhvi Pragya has spoken about the issue.
In an article in Saamna, the Shiv Sena has asked the Centre to follow suit the Sri Lankan government's decision to ban all face coverings in the island nation which came after the serial blasts that killed over 250 people. On April 28, Sri Lanka called to ban all facial coverings, citing the Burqas to be a 'security risk and a flag of fundamentalism'.
Sadhvi Pragya has said that those wearing Burqa should voluntarily take a decision on the matter in favour of national interest.
""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.
In the party's editorial, Shiv Sena has asked PM Modi that if Sri Lanka, which is the country of Raavan, can ban Burqa, then why can't India, which is the country of Lord Ram, implement the same in the country.
"Sri Lankan President Maithripala has taken a courageous decision by banning Burqa or mask which covers face for security reasons," quotes Saamana, Shiv Sena mouthpiece.
Adding that many countries have banned Burqa or facial coverings, the BJP ally has raised the demand to do the same in India in the national interest of the country.
"We are asking this question because PM Modi is going to Ayodhya today. We are raising this demand in the national interest," the editorial further reads.
The BJP responded to its ally Shiv 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.
'Sri Lanka has taken this step in response to the tragedy they have gone through. Under the Modi government, we have stopped terrorism from coming inside the Indian territory. In any state in the interior or mainland, whether it be Maharashtra or anywhere else, there hasn't been any terror attack. Hence, I don't think there is a need to put any ban at this point of time. Each country takes decisions to safeguard its own interests. When Modi ji is there is no need to fear,' GVL Rao said while speaking to mediapersons.