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Ban on wearing the Burka in Public

Comment 4th February 2016

Garments like the burka and niqab are worn by many Muslim women out of choice and are not required by Islamic law.

I feel that wearing these in public places should be banned.  It also adds a security risk as well.

 

 

 

Why does this matter?

We're not telling these women what they can and cant' wear. We're telling them the only thing they should do is uncover their faces in public. 

 It does not voilate the rights to freedom of expression and religion because people can still pratice their faith in the appropriate places, it just that the  public has the right to see someones face in public aswell.

Given the extremism and terrorism there is in the world, I for one, feel very intimitated and threatened if someone is hiding themselves.

 

 

 

 

Amnesty International has said such moves "violate the rights to freedom of expression and religion".

However, supporters of a ban, such as French President Nicolas Sarkozy, claim face veils "hurt the dignity of women".

Garments like the burka and niqab are worn by many Muslim women out of choice and are not required by Islamic law.

However, some critics believe women are sometimes pressured into wearing a veil.

The Five News and YouGov poll revealed out of more than 2,000 respondents, 67% either agreed or strongly agreed with a British ban.

One of those who thinks the burka should be outlawed is the chairman of the Muslim Educational Centre in Oxford.

"We're not telling these women what they can wear. We're telling them the only thing they should do is uncover their faces," said imam Dr Taj Hargey.

"I think this notion that somehow this is a religious symbol, a Koranic requirement, is nonsense."

In a breakdown of the regions, those in the North of England and Wales are most in favour of prohibiting the burka – with 71% saying the would support such a move.

Those in London looked to be the most tolerant, with 32% either disagreeing or strongly disagreeing on a ban.

Following the capital was Scotland, where 30% of people did not agree with outlawing the Islamic garment.

For more on this story watch Five News at 5pm today.

:: Total sample size of the Five News/YouGov survey was 2,205 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between July 14 and 16 2010 and was carried out online.

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