'Burka like a paper bag on head' remark lands Brit MP in trouble

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London, Mar.24 (ANI): A Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) has invited trouble by abusing the 'burka', as a probe has been ordered against him for inciting racial hatred.

During a parliamentary debate last month, Philip Hollobone had urged the House of Commons to 'seriously consider' banning the garment, which is often used by Muslim women.

"Wearing a burka was like going round with a paper bag over your head," Hollobone had reportedly said on the floor of the house.

Meanwhile, Hollobone has criticised the Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council (NREC) for complaining against him.

He blasted NREC for challenging the freedom of speech while attempting to have him prosecuted.

"It's complete hypocrisy. They talk on one hand about freedom of speech and expression and then without even making contact try to get me prosecuted. In this country you should be able to have a debate about controversial subjects without the threat of police action. That's how democracy works," The Sun quoted Hollobone, as saying.

It may be noted that NREC had sent letter to the MP criticising his stance on Muslim women who choose to wear the burka in public.

Speaking during a debate on the occasion of International Women's Day (March 11) last week, Hollobone had insisted that wearing a burka was not in accordance with the country's culture.

"This is Britain. We are not a Muslim country. Covering your face in public is strange and to many people both intimidating and offensive," Hollobone had said.

According to an estimate, burkas are worn by about 100,000 of the 2.4million Muslims living in Britain. (ANI)

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