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India election aftermath: Burqa-clad Muslim women stopped from boarding Lucknow Metro

Lucknow, May 29 (Gulf News/WNP): Five Muslim women, belonging to one family, were stopped from travelling on the Lucknow Metro after they refused to remove their veils.

The women, who wanted to board the metro at Maiwaiya station on Tuesday, had no reservations about being frisked and checked by women security personnel.

However, since there were no women security personnel, male security guards refused to allow the group to board the Metro.

The family later asked the officials for a refund and gave up their plans to travel.

The head of the family, Maaz Ahmad, has now sent a complaint to the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC).

LMRC Public Relations Officer Pushpa Belani said the complaint had been received and the matter will be probed to verify the allegations.

This is just one of a number of incidents against Muslims that are being reported in the northern areas of the country post the Lok Sabha (India’s Lower Parliament) elections.

The results announced on May 23, gave an overwhelming victory to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with Modi at the helm.

A Muslim villager in Bihar was shot after revealing his name, in an alleged hate crime in the state.

In another incident, a Muslim youth was allegedly accosted and beaten up by four unidentified assailants in Gurugram, New Delhi on Saturday night for wearing a traditional skullcap and not chanting religious slogans, police said.

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