“Arrest Raja for ‘purdah’ remark”

June 28, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:51 am IST - RAMANATHAPURAM:

Hitting out at Bharatiya Janata Party leader H. Raja for his reported comments on Muslim students wearing ‘purdah’ while going to school, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi leader and MLA M. H. Jawahirullah demanded his arrest under National Security Act (NSA).

In a statement issued here on Saturday, he said that the BJP leader had demanded that Muslims should be prohibited from wearing ‘purdah’ as they “misused” it for copying during examinations.

Condemning the remarks, he said that girl students wore ‘purdah’ as a fundamental religious duty and it was ridiculous on the part of Mr. Raja to make the disparaging comment. The students enjoyed the Constitutional right to wear ‘purdah’ and skull cap and the BJP leader should know that no Muslim student was caught copying with ‘purdah.’ As Mr. Raja was making such derogatory and provocative remarks, the State government should detain him under the NSA, he said.

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