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Muslims women protest ‘purdah’ misuse by criminals

Muslim women in PurdahCHENNAI: The Bhuvaneswari arrest and ‘confession’ soap opera seems to be unending. And the stage appears to be the City Police Commissioner’s office, with the media in full attendance.  On Tuesday, it was the turn of a group of Muslim women activists of the Indian Tauheed Jamaat to troop into the CoP’s office and protest against the ‘purdah’ cover given to television artiste Bhuvaneswari while she was being brought to the police station. The actress was arrested recently for allegedly indulging in prostitution.

In a petition to the Police Commissioner, T Rajendran, the Jamaat activists said the ‘purdah’ was considered as a sacred and dignified garment by the Muslims worldwide. Bhuvaneswari, who was accused in a prostitution case, appeared in this traditional dress while being taken to the police station and this had hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community in the State.

It had become customary for those involved in the flesh racket and other crimes to hide behind the ‘purdah,’the Jamaat claimed,  and appealed to the police not to allow the practice in future. Jamaat activist Masuda Alima told the media that the police must openly bring in the criminals so that the world could see them.

Masuda warned that the Jamaat would launch a massive agitation if the ‘purdah’ was misused by the criminals. On Monday, Kollywood stars had descended on the CoP’s office to protest against Bhuvaneswari’s ‘confession’ that several actresses were involved in prostitution.

R. Guhambika, 07 Oct 2009, ExpresBuzz.COM