Netherlands Plans Public Muslim Veil Ban

Published by Ion C, on November 17th 2006, on

The Netherlands is pondering a full ban on the Muslim veils (burkas). If it should pass in Parliament, women would be prohibited from wearing burkas in a variety of public venues, including schools, trains, courts and even on the street. By most estimates, fewer than 100 women in the Netherlands regularly wear a burka.

The Dutch are trying to justify the measure saying the full-body garb worn by a small number of Muslim women in the Netherlands posed a grave security threat, both to the country’s security forces and citizens. Basically the government says a terrorist could dress up with a burka to circumvent security checks and hide his face, facilitating a potential attack.

“The cabinet finds it undesirable that face-covering clothing – including the burka – is worn in public places for reasons of public order, security and protection of citizens,” Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk said Friday. “We want to see whom we are talking to,” Verdonk said last week. “That’s the way it is in the Netherlands.”

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Many Muslims believe that the Islamic scripture, the Qur’an, and the collected traditions, or hadith, require a woman to dress and behave modestly in public. However, this requirement, called hijab, has been interpreted in many different ways by Islamic scholars (ulema) and Muslim communities. (Read the whole article on above link).

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