By Mumtaz Saley
The U.K Prime Minister has rejected an MP’s demand that he apologises to Muslim women in a burqa and honour the pledge he made to have an internal investigation in his party in connection with racist remarks against Muslims.
Member of Parliament Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi was applauded in the house of commons yesterday for demanding an apology from Johnson over an article he written for the Daily Telegraph.
Boris Johnson, however, has refused to apologize, while he stated that his article had helped defend Muslim women rights.
“Mr Speaker, if I were to wear a turban, or you, a cross, or he a skull cap, or she decides to wear a burqa or hijab. Does that mean it is open season for right honourable members of this house to make derogatory and divisive remarks about our appearance? ” asked Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi.
He added that growing up around racial slurs, he understands full well the pain felt by Muslim women.
A recent study had shown that Islamophobic incidents had increased the week after Boris Johnson’s article was published.