Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lift veil for voter ID, SC tells burqa-clad women

Here's a decision that bucks the global trend to accede to Islamic demands.  India has had 1400 years of bitter experience with Muslim aggression and knows that Islam cannot be appeased, only put in it's place.

Lift veil for voter ID, SC tells burqa-clad women
Dhananjay Mahapatra 
TNN, 23 January 2010, 12:33am IST

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has said that burqa-clad women cannot be issued voter identity cards, rejecting the argument that religion prohibits them from lifting their veils.

Counsel for petitioner M Ajam Khan had contended that asking `purdah-nashin' women to lift their veil for being photographed would amount to sacrilege as their photographs would be seen by many men working as polling agents and electoral officials.

"It will hurt their religious sentiments and the Election Commission must not insist on `purdah-nashin' women to be photographed for inclusion of their name in the electoral rolls," said the counsel arguing before a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice Deepak Verma.

The order comes at a time when a controversy triggered by the ban on full-length burqas has roiled France, attracting protests from clerics.

The argument put forward on behalf of petitioners failed to impress the court. The Bench said: "If you have such strong religious sentiments, and do not want to be seen by members of public, then do not go to vote. You cannot go with burqa to vote. It will create complications in identification of voters."