Kolkata: Kolkata’s Shahi Imam, Noor-ur-Rehman Barkati, has courted controversy again by advocating a dress code for women – for both Hindus and Muslims – as a shield from the prying eyes of men.
At an event organized at the Tipu Sultan Mosque on Friday, Barkati said, “Women are more respectful if they hide themselves from the eyes of men. If they are ‘sexy “, then they will attract more eyes and will fall victim to men’s “hawaz”. Like Rajasthani women use veil, Bengali women wear saris and Muslim women wear burqas, veils will make them respectful.”
When asked what he meant by ‘sexy’, Barkati said he meant ‘attractive’ by the word ‘sexy’. Explaining his stand, Imam Barkati said, “Young women are innocent. Even without their knowledge, they become the object of men’s lust. So by wearing veil, she will follow the Hindustani culture and will be able to protect herself properly.”
Barkati referred to Saudi Arabia where women remain veiled, but opt for different professional careers. “Veil, dupatta or burkha help women dress appropriately,” he said.
Imam sparked a row last week for offering a reward of Rs 25 lakh to anyone “who cut off PM Narendra Modi’s beard, shave his head and smear him with black ink”. On Friday, he targeted Modi again.
“If you are a PM, you should be righteous and secular,” Imam said. Calling Modi a “cheater”, Barkati said, “The CBI and Army are being used to petrify Indians. They picked up Sudip Bandopadhyay for raising voice against currency ban. He is terrifying people of his country. Didi, Kejriwal are all his victims.” He urged “all Muslims of Uttar Pradesh to vote for secular faces like Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati or Rahul Gandhi”.