Mumbai : Criticizing the “hypocritical” stance taken by the government over the banning of ‘Burqa’, veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar on Thursday said he was not averse to enacting a law banning the burqa if its was accompanied with a similar action against the ‘ghunghat’ system prevalent among women in Rajasthan.
Akhtar’s comment came in the wake of the Shiv Sena mouthpiece on Wednesday urging the Modi government to emulate Sri Lanka is banning the burqa on grounds of national security.
“If you want to bring a law banning burqa here (in India) and it is someone’s view I have no objection. But before the last phase of election in Rajasthan, this government should announce a ban on the practice of ‘ghunghat’ (covering of the face by Hindu women) in that State,” Akhtar told reporters here.
“I feel that ‘ghunghat’ should go and the burqa should go. I will be happy,” he added.
Speaking further on the issue, the Boolywood veteran said, “Brother, I have little knowledge of the burqa as there were working women in my family and I haven’t seen the practice at my home.”
Sri Lanka’s decision came in the wake of the Easter Sunday terror attacks in the island nation that killed over 250 people.