We saw this - violence or threats of violence towards Muslim women not wearing veil - in Kerala and some Muslim universities. Even the supposedly secular IUML, an ally of secular Congress, was instructing its women candidates to wear veil. And it is sacrilegious in this country to ask questions on alliance between IUML and Congress (here and here).
It looks like Britain is learning certain things - taking inability to deal with Islamic extremism as sign of tolerance - from its former colony. One common feature to Britain and India is popularity of Deobandi sect of Islam whose ideology has inspired and produced Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan; in Britain, out of 1400 mosques, 650 mosques are operated by Deobandi sect. No wonder then, appeasement of Islamists never really works as their demands will only keep growing. It is not the first time that such reports of coercing Muslim women to wear veils have come out as in the past some Muslim women were fired from their jobs by shop owners for not wearing veils.
'Wear a headscarf or we will kill you': How the 'London Taliban' is targeting women and gays in bid to impose sharia law
Women who do not wear headscarves are being threatened with violence and even death by Islamic extremists intent on imposing sharia law on parts of Britain, it was claimed today.
Other targets of the 'Talibanesque thugs', being investigated by police in the Tower Hamlets area of London, include homosexuals.
Stickers have been plastered on public walls stating: 'Gay free zone. Verily Allah is severe in punishment'.
Posters for H&M which feature women in bikinis and a racy poster for a Bollywood film have been defaced.
It is believed Muslim extremists are behind a spate of attacks being investigated by police, according to the Sunday Times.
An Asian woman who works in a pharmacy in east London was told to dress more modestly and wear a veil or the shop would be boycotted.
When she went to the media to talk about the abuse she suffered, a man later entered the pharmacy and told her: 'If you keep doing these things, we are going to kill you'.
The 31-year-old, who is not a practising Muslim, said she has since been told to take holiday by the pharmacy owners and now fears she may lose her job.
She said: 'Why should I wear a hijab (headscarf) or burqa? I haven't done anything wrong.'
Other incidents reported include the placing of stickers across the white-minority borough which state it is a 'gay-free zone' and the daubing of paint on posters for clothing shop H&M featuring women in bikinis.
Ghaffar Hussain, of the anti-extremism think-tank the Quilliam Foundation, told The Sunday Times that the intimidation was the work of 'Talibanesque thugs'.
He added: 'This minority think they have the right to impose their fringe interpretation of Islam on others.'
Three men have been charged with religiously-aggravated criminal damage in connection with some of the incidents, which have mirrored crude attempts at censorship in Birmingham.
Borough Commander of Tower Hamlets, Paul Rickett, said: 'I am saddened that there are a small minority of people who do not wish to respect the lifestyle choices of others.
'I would like to reassure the people of Tower Hamlets that we are investigating these incidents.
'At this stage there is no information to suggest any of the incidents are linked. Anyone found committing such criminal acts will face criminal proceedings.....................