“While coming back home from office I saw few girls of Jamia Millia University in burqa and niqab (hereafter b&n) (veil) talking and enjoying their time over Shikanji (Ice cold drink with salt and lemon). Every time I see a woman in b&n , I start to wonder how one person can recognize one wearing b&n as the whole body is covered including the face, just not the eyes. *(A niqab covers the face while a burqa covers the whole body from the top of the head to the ground)
I know people say that one can recognize a person just by looking at their eyes, but trust me; it’s really hard to recognize a person just by looking at their eyes. I’m glad that I don’t have any friend who wears b&n otherwise I would have been slapped every other day for approaching some random girl and talk like she is my ‘niqab friend’.
It’s funny how people in b&n do things. What about women in niqab, who want to get their picture taken so that they can remember the moments? How can one recognize them, if she is the one who was there at the moment? People take a photo to remember moments and to remember they were present. Just imagine, a picture of woman in niqab with her favorite celebrity or a ‘niqab woman’ in front of Qutub minar posing for a photo. It’s just absurd and ludicrous as it doesn’t support the reason of shooting photo.
What if they want to eat corn, enjoy a burger or a slice of pizza in public place? If they unveil in public, the whole idea of veiling will obliterate and void.
Can a husband be able to find his wife amongst 10 or 15 women in b&n? I don’t think so. It’s hard!
In my opinion, wearing b&n doesn’t seem like an easy thing. Women who wear b&n have myriads of restrictions. Imagine a woman wearing b&n in sultry summer afternoons in Delhi. Even with the restrictions and its fall back, they still keep on wearing it. They all have different reasons; some of them are forced by their kith and kin to wear it; some of them are asked to wear it from childhood; some wear it because they like it; some wear it because it’s religious and they want to do it. It’s all about choices and options. “