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IUML seeks PM apology for forced removal of headscarf on Women Day

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Indian Union Muslim League, IUML and several women groups have condemned alleged forced removal of headscarf of Muslim women Councillors at a meeting attended by prime minister Narendra Modi Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat on Women day.

For a practicing Muslim woman, a headscarf is not only considered a matter of modesty, but also an intricate part of religious observation.

They also demanded Prime Minister apology to the country and appropriate action against those who insulted the women representatives.

Three Muslim panchayat presidents were told to remove their headscarf at a meeting attended by PM

Two Panchayath President from Kasargode District named one P.P. 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 that 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” , said IUML leader and MP, ET Mohamaad Basheer.

“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” said IUML MP.

” 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 this kind of 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, ” he said.

Meanwhile in MALAPPURAM United Democratic Front (UDF) councillors of district panchayat, Malappuram municipality and neighbouring panchayats staged a protest here on Thursday condemning the Gujarat government for forcing three Muslim panchayat presidents from Kerala to remove their headscarf at a meeting attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“This is nothing but fascism. No sensible person who has faith in the secular credentials of the country can agree with thisscarf kerala shameful act. It’s an insult not only to the faith of those panchayat presidents, but to women on International Women’s Day,” said district panchayat standing committee chairman Salim Kuruvambalam.

Muppinand panchayat president Shaharban Saidalavi, Thrikkaripur panchayat president V.P. Fausiya and Chenkala panchayat president Shahina Sali were asked to remove their headscarf while attending the Swach Shakti 2017 meeting of women civic body heads from across the country at Gandhi Nagar on Wednesday.

The action by the security officials had drawn widespread criticism from different quarters.

For a practicing Muslim woman, a headscarf is not only considered a matter of modesty, but also an intricate part of religious observation.

Noorbina Rashid, a member of Kerala Women’s Commission, said Ms Saidalavi, a panchayat president, was asked to remove her headscarf by the security persons at the venue. It was taken away for the entire duration of the event, which was attended by nearly 6,000 people, she said.

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