The Uttar Pradesh BJP has asked the Election Commission (EC) to deploy women police officials at booths in the forthcoming sixth and seventh phases of the Assembly elections to check the identity of burqa-clad women on polling day. BJP has claimed that not doing so would facilitate bogus voting.
BJP state vice-president and state election management in-charge J P S Rathore and party’s administration affairs in-charge Kuldeep Pati Tripathi have sent a letter to Chief Election Commissioner as well as Chief Electoral Officer of UP.
In the letter, they have alleged that a large number of burqa-clad women turn up to cast their vote in elections. “Hence deployment of women police personnel will be justified so that voter’s ID could be checked properly and no fake person/woman could cast their vote. It is requested to deploy women police staff at polling booths in sixth and seventh phases of election,” the letter says.
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Polling in sixth phase is scheduled for March 4 and the seventh phase on March 8. When contacted, Rathore told The Indian Express that the EC deploys only men police personnel outside polling booths who cannot check the identity of burqa-clad Muslim women.
“If the presiding officer has doubt on the identity of any burqa-clad woman, he hesitates to check. As there are only male police officers outside booths, presiding officers avoid making any complaint and can’t even alert the police if any woman is caught for bogus voting,” Rathore said.