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Pakistani actress Armeena Khan has called out ex-foreign secretary and politician Boris Johnson for mocking the Muslim women wearing the burqa. In his disrespectful comments passed on Sunday, he compared the women in the burqa with ‘letterboxes’ and ‘bank robbers’.
The British-Pakistani actress Armeena Khan said Johnson restricts the freedom of choice by dictating women not to wear the burqa. “Yet another privileged middle-aged bloke telling women what they can and can’t wear.
If a woman wants to wear a burqa it’s her right Mr. #BorisJohnson it is her RIGHT to choose which goes hand in hand with British values,” she said. Armeena added, “If a woman wants to wear a short dress, it is her right and freedom to do so. If a woman wants to wear a burqa it is her right to do so. I will defend the basic principle which is the right to choose.”
Boris Johnson’s bigotry has caused widespread criticism and calls for him to apologize. The Muslims and non-Muslims have raised their concerns on the issue. They fear Johnson’s comments would incite hate crimes against Muslim women.
The Conservative Party has recognized the seriousness of the matter and has announced to probe him for his comments. British Prime Minister Theresa May has also acknowledged that Johnson’s comments have ‘clearly caused offense’ and have asked him to apologize. So far, Boris Johnson has refused to apologize for his comments.
A former Metropolitan police officer has warned of the possible rise in the hate crimes against Muslims. He believes that contentious and racist statements from politicians often stoke violence.
He commented: We now have a stark choice: tackle the evils of Islamophobia or stand back and watch mainstream politicians join the bigots who use demeaning language to criticize religious dress. Free speech is a fundamental part of our society but comments used to attack vulnerable women must never become acceptable.