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Haryana government magazine sparks controversy, says veil is 'identity of the state'

The March issue of "Krishi Samvad", on its last page, shows a woman with her face entirely covered with a veil. (Representative image) Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 28, 2017, 09.32 AM (IST)

A monthly magazine published by the Haryana government has landed in controversy after it said that “ghoonghat” or veil is the “identity of the state”. 

Opposition parties have criticised the photo caption, saying it reflected the “regressive” the mindset of the BJP government.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “A regressive mindset and objectification of women is the DNA of the BJP. The Manohar Lal Khattar government has failed to realise that Haryana girls and women have excelled in fields such as space science, sports and the armed forces to name just a few.”

The March issue of Krishi Samvad, on its last page, shows a woman carrying cattle feed with her face entirely covered with a veil. The caption of the photo reads, “Ghunghat ki aan-baan, mahra Haryana ki pehchan.”

This roughly translates to, “Pride of the veil is the identity of my Haryana.”

Surjewala said that the Haryana government want to “subjugate” and “objectify” women.

However, senior BJP minister Anil Vij dismissed opposition charges saying they were not “forcing” women to wear “ghoonghat”.

“We are not forcing anyone to wear ghoonghat. It is not like burqa and only those women who want to do ghoonghat, it is as per their wish,” Vij told PTI.


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