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Javed Akhtar threatened and asked to apologise by Karni Sena for his ghoonghat comments
Bollywood as an industry generates loads of money and is very successful. But, from time to time, it faces threats from fringe groups. Now, veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar has found himself in trouble over his comments on burqa and ghoonghat. The Karni Sena has now threatened Akhtar and demanded an apology from him. This is the same Karni Sena, which had created ruckus during the release of Deepika Padukone‘s ‘Padmaavat’.
According to a report in Times of India, Jivan Singh Solanki, president of the Maharashtra wing of the Karni Sena, has threatened Akhtar with dire consequences. Akhtar had said if you want burqa to be banned then ban ghoonghat as well.
The report quoted him saying, “The burqa is associated with terrorism and (is a question of) national security. We have asked Akhtar to render an apology within three days or face the consequences. We will gouge out your eyes and pull out your tongue if you don’t apologise. We will enter your house and beat you.”
The whole row had erupted when Shiv Sena in its Editorial in Saamna had called for a ban of burqa in India. This after Sri Lanka had banned the burqa in public places in the aftermath of serial bombings.
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?”
Later on, the seasoned campaigner had issued a clarification on Twitter.
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
Hopefully, Javed Akhtar doesn’t bow down to pressure by the fringe group. And Karni Sena should realise that India follows the law of the land and runs according to the constitution.
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