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Javed Akhtar wants not just burqa but ghoonghat also to be banned; clarifies later
Veteran lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar is known for his strong views and makes arguments based on facts and truthful information. Javed Akhtar often talks about socially relevant issues and has also been a former Rajya Sabha MP. Now, Javed saab has talked about the burqa controversy. This comes after political party Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamna had called for burqa ban on the lines of Sri Lankan government’s decision to ban the use of burqa after serial bombings.
According to a report in The Times of India, Javed Akhtar had said he was not against enacting a law banning the burqa if it was accompanied with similar action against the ‘ghunghat’ system prevalent among women largely in Rajasthan.
The lyricist said, “Covering face may be a problem when it comes to security. If burqa is banned then, ghunghat too should be taken into account. What is the need of burqa or ghunghat?”
However, the ‘Sholay’ writer offered his clarification on Twitter. Akhtar said the practice of covering face should be stopped irrespective of naqab or ghoonghat.
Some people are trying to distort my statement . I have said that may be in Sri Lanka it is done for security reasons but actually it is required for women empowerment . covering the face should be stopped whether naqab or ghoonghat .
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) May 3, 2019
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