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Maharashtra jewellers want to bar veils

December 27, 2006 20:07 IST

In the wake of an increase in robberies, the Jewellers' Association of Maharashtra has sought permission from the police to bar customers sporting veils from entering shops.

"There is a rise in the number of robberies where veiled customers were involved. In a year, eight to nine such incidents are reported. It looks like there are two or three such gangs in the city," Fatechand Ranka, president of the Jewellers' Association, said in Pune on Wednesday.

"Due to the veils, these customers cannot be identified by us or police. So we have taken a decision not to allow veiled customers in the shops. And for that, the association has sought permission in a letter to the state home ministry, state police chief and city police commissioner," he said.

But Pune Police Commissioner Dhananjay Jadhav said the police will be unable to give such permission to jewelers.

"If they are really concerned about security, they can appoint saleswomen and women security guards in their shops," Jadhav said.

Ranka told PTI: "If veiled customers reveal their face in front of the security camera, then there will be no problem for us to sell them jewellery, as we can catch them in case of a robbery.

"But if the government does not allow us to [bar burqa-clad customers], then the only option before us would be to move the high court," he said.

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Number of User Comments: 5

Sub: Re: Jewellers for burqa-ban in shops

Whats so fussy about it? They dont even need the permission from anyone. The premises are under their own legitimate control (even if leased or ...

Posted by Bobby Awasthi

Sub: burka ban

The shops should have the right to prevent unwanted elements into their shops. How can shops allow people carrying guns and move in freely ? ...

Posted by p.tauro

Sub: need a decision of consensus

This decision needs to be taken in consensus with the minority community even as this would ensure more security for the businessmen. Its high time ...

Posted by kishore

Sub: alas! muslims being insulted again

these jewellers are surely working on a hidden agenda and some anti-minority goonda organisation like SHIV SENA or BJP is behind these traitor jewellers.. these ...

Posted by nishant

Sub: View

Anyway, why do they need jewellery if they have to cover their bodes so?

Posted by Kaushik Das



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