Uttar Pradesh: Muslim woman forced to remove burkha during Yogi Adityanath’s rally

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Uttar Pradesh : In a bizarre incident, a Muslim woman who attended Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s rally was forced to remove her burkha in front of huge crowd by UP police. The incident happened in Ballia on Tuesday.

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Ballia district police chief Anil Kumar said: “So far, I have not received any report of this. We had instructions that there should be no black flags shown at the rally. I will get this looked into. One cannot forcibly make anyone remove a burkha.” he assured an enquiry will be probed.

Three women police officers were seen standing next a woman wearing a burqa – the outer robe worn in public by Muslim women in some Islamic traditions — gesturing that she should remove it. In the video which was shot by journalists, the woman is seen first taking off a saffron scarf which looks like BJP’s Party stole from around her neck.

In the video, the officer could be heard admonishing a journalist recording the sequence. “Kya yaar aap bhi (you too, friend?)” he is heard saying.

According to NDTV, the woman, who identified herself as Saira, said she was a BJP worker and had come to the rally from her village wearing her “traditional dress”.

“It was black in colour. Perhaps there is some kind of a ban here, that’s why I was asked to remove it. I have been a worker for a long time. My husband has been with the BJP for over a decade. It’s ok, let it be,” she said.

Three days ago, black flags were shown to the Chief Minister in Meerut, a town in the western part of the state, where he had gone to address a rally ahead of the local bodies’ election. In the scuffle that followed, BJP supporters thrashed the man responsible. It is not clear why black flags were shown.

In June, 11 students of the Lucknow University students were arrested and denied bail for 20 days for a similar reason. They were highlighting what they called the “double standards” of the university administration. The administration, they had said, which claimed there was a lack of funds, but sanctioned “more than adequate money” for a function on Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji, which was being attended by the Chief Minister.

With PTI inputs

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