British MP demands PM apology for Muslim women ‘letterbox’ comments


London:Boris Johnson faced humiliation at prime minister’s questions when MPs clapped and cheered a Labour backbencher who demanded he apologise for comparing Muslim women to letterboxes and launch an inquiry into Islamophobia.
The new British leader wrote a column last year in which he said it was ridiculous that women should resemble bank robbers or letter boxes. But in a strongly-worded speech in parliament Wednesday, Labour Party’s Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi said the use of such language had led to a “spike in hate crime.

The Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, who wears a turban, won a round of applause in the Commons for asking an angry and passionate question about Boris Johnson’s language about minorities, and particularly his column in which he said Muslim women who wear the burqa look like letterboxes. The prime minister said his comments were ‘a strong liberal defence of what women wear’, adding: ‘Under this government we have the most diverse cabinet in the history of this country’

Addressing the prime minister, Dhesi said: “For those of us who from a young age have had to endure and face up to being called names such as towel-head, or Taliban, or coming from bongo-bongo land, we can fully appreciate the hurt and pain of already vulnerable Muslim women when they are described as looking like bank robbers and letterboxes.



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