The Shiv Sena made demand in its editorial Saamna on Wednesday. The Sena has demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must ban burqa across the country.
The Sena has contended that its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), must follow Sri Lanka’s footsteps and ban burqas across India. The Sri Lankan government had banned burqa, niqab or any kind of face-covering veil across the island nation following the Easter Sunday serial blasts that killed over 250 people.
“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, “Saamana” and “Dopahar Ka Saamana”.
“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.
To bolster its call for the ban, Sena also cited examples of France, Australia and Britain, where it said the governments have made face covering illegal.
On Monday, right-wing fringe group Hindu Sena had written to the Home Ministry, demanding a complete ban on face covers, burqa and niqab at public places and government and private institutions on the lines of Sri Lanka to prevent terror attacks