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Indian lyricist Javed Akhtar has received multiple threats from the far-right organization of Karni Sena of Rajasthan. His statement to ban burqa/ghoonghat (covering face) stirred up anger amongst the far-right who have demanded Akhtar to apologize for his comments.
The famed lyricists took to Twitter and stated that his statement about burqa/ghoongat is being misconceived since he is receiving numerous life-threatening threats from Rajasthan’s organization Karni Sena.
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
The wing president Jivan Singh Solanki sent a video to an Indian publication that warned of serious consequences if he failed to apologize. “We have asked Akhtar to render an apology within three days or face the consequences,” adding that: “We will gouge out your eyes and pull out your tongue if you don’t apologise. We will enter your house and beat you.”
After the threat, Akhtar said 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.”
Akhtar’s statement about ghoonghat that “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?”, caused an uproar.
Javed Akhtar who is quite vocal on the matters of politics had given his statement on an opinion piece that urged the government to place similar burqa ban in India like recently done by Sri Lanka on the grounds of national security.
He stated that he was not against enacting the law banning the burqa if it was accompanied by a similar action against the ghoongat system.
On the other hand, the fringe outfit Karni Sena has been famous for issuing life-threats to the opponent. They had even created chaos at the time of the release ‘Manikarnika’ and ‘Padmavat’