Congress leader Udit Raj is facing considerable condemnation for his tweets questioning the rationale behind ‘burqa’ in Islam in the wake of the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan.
Raj, a former parliamentarian, tweeted in Hindi, “The Taliban exploit women, keep them imprisoned in burqa and earn money by selling drugs. Is this Islam?”
In his subsequent tweet, Raj wrote, “Had God wanted women to cover their mouth and nose, then they would be born with both covered.”
अगर इश्वर की मर्जी होती कि औरत मुह व नाक ढकें तो पैदा ही ढक कर करता।
— Dr. Udit Raj (@Dr_Uditraj) August 21, 2021
His tweets evoked angry reactions from a section of Muslims as they began to slam him by trending hashtag #उदितवा_नंगा_है, which loosely translates as Udit is naked.
#उदितवा_नंगा_है Trending on ✌️
You can post or copy past my content
— Noor (نور) इलाहाबादी (@ProfNoor_) August 21, 2021
— Engineer Mohammed Hussain (@TheEngHussain) August 21, 2021
#उदितवा_नंगा_हैDon‘t take notice of a waste leader words. He even don’t know what he is saying & behind his saying there is any logic or not. And this happens because once he was the of BJP. #उदितवा_नंगा_है
— The_Voice (@Aayan93956245) August 21, 2021
दुग्लापन संघी भी हमारे देश में पाए जाते हैं जिनपर कांग्रेस की काफी मेहरबानी है जो मौका की तलाश में रहते हैं जब भी कोई बात सामने आती हैं उसकी आड़ में मुसलमान को टारगेट करता है वह संघी पुराने संघी से भी ज्यादा घातक होता है । उसकी मिसाल उदितवा हैं #उदितवा_नंगा_है
— Shaha Alom Barbhuiya (@Shaha_Alom_MH) August 21, 2021
Raj was BJP MP from North West Delhi before quitting the Hindutva party ahead of the last general elections in 2019 to join the Congress.