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Hijab-clad sarpanches row: MP Bashir raises issue in Zero Hour (video)

Indian Union Muslim League national organising secretary E T Mohammed Bashir MP raised the issue of denial of entry of two Panchayth President wearing hijab at an event in Zero Hour of the Lok Sabha.

“It is shocking to note that the women Panchayath Presidents from Kerala were not allowed to participate in the function held at Gandhi Nagar on international women’s day wearing hijab, which is their customary dress.

“Prime Minister of India was the inaugurator of this function. Two Panchayath President from Kasargode District named one PP Fousiya and Shahina Saleem were asked to remove the hijab and then only they would be allowed to enter in the conference hall. When they said they cannot remove the hijab and with this dress they may be allowed to participate in the meeting.

“This denial of entry of these Panchayth President went up to 45 minutes. When other Panchayath Presidents from Kerala raised their vehement objection they were allowed to enter in to the hall with an instruction not to sit with other representatives and to sit in the back row only.

“When the women representatives raised their objection and shouted slogans, a women security guard forcibly tried to shut-down their mouths.

“I wish to say that this kind of inhuman behaviour on the part of the authorities that too in the presence of Prime Minister is a shame to this nation.

“If these things are happenings in our country, what is the meaning in saying justice to women? Is the Government sincere in curbing cruelty against women? You are really denying freedom of faith as guaranteed in the Constitution

I urge upon the Government that the Prime Minister should apologise to the country and appropriate action to be taken against who insulted the women representatives.”

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed are of the MP

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