Haryana govt magazine sparked a controversy when it described women’s Ghoongat (veil) as the identity of the State. Krishi Samvad, a supplement of the Haryana Samvad magazine, is a monthly magazine published by the State government. It carries a photograph of a veiled woman. On the cover of the magazine, a woman is seen with her face covered with ‘Ghoongat’ and carrying cattle feed on her head. Moreover, the caption reads,”“Ghoongat ki aan-baan, mahra Haryana ki pechchan (pride of the veil is the identity of my Haryana)”.
The Opposition sharply reacted to it. They stated that BJP only wants to keep the women under the ‘Ghoongat’ while they were excelling in the fields. They said it reflected the regressive attitude of the ruling government.
Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda ,“This shows regressive mindset of the BJP government. Women from Haryana are ahead in every field. Just three days back, a young woman from the state was crowned as Miss India. Girls from the state have made a mark in sports arena and other fields. India-born US astronaut late Kalpana Chawla hailed from Haryana.”
Senior Congress leader and party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Women wearing veil was not the original culture of Haryana. This practice started only after foreign invasions and because of the fear of invaders. In south India, there was no ‘purdah’ system. Therefore, what I want to say is that BJP government wants to move back in time rather than thinking ahead and taking the state forward,” He added, “regressive mindset and objectification of women, which is part of the DNA of the BJP”.Meanwhile, BJP Minister Anil Vij dismissed their charges. He claimed that the magazine only reflected Haryana’s tradition. They were not forcing veil on any woman. He added that the sex ratio has improved from 862 to 950 as a result of their government’s efforts. Further, he stated that they were taking their best steps for women empowerment and their education.
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