A Muslim woman was allegedly forced to remove her burqa by women police officers ahead of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s appearance at a rally in UP’s Ballia. The officials said on Wednesday that the district administration has directed a magisterial probe into the incident of a woman being forced to take off her burqa in public.
On Tuesday, a video showing the woman taking off her burqa minutes before the chief minister makes an appearance at the rally has gone viral. The district magistrate Surendra Vikram said that “The city magistrate has been asked to conduct an inquiry into it and action will be taken against those found guilty. The woman, who identified as Saira, said that she was a BJP worker and had come to the rally from her village wearing her “traditional dress”. The police have ordered a probe into the whole incident.
The Superintendent of Police (SP) Anil Kumar said the video footage has been received and a departmental inquiry ordered in this connection. “The Deputy SP (City) has been asked to conduct an inquiry in this connection. We had instructions that there should be no black flags shown at the rally. I will get this looked into,” the SP said.