Burqa Should Be Banned

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Early last year, the French Government led by Nicholas Sazkozy followed the example of Belgium by passing a law banning the wearing of burqas in public which is a garment worn by a women covering from head to toe designed to obscured all her features. This was and still is a most controversial law which has caused many demonstrations and riots both for and against, some even becoming violent. This issue is extremely polarising on one hand those against wearing it argue that a person’s face should be clearly visible for both social and security reasons. On the other hand, people for the wearing of the burqa say that a ban is a restriction on the rights of religious freedom. I feel that the wearing of the burqa in Australia which is an open and free society would produce unwanted and needless suspicious feelings causing strong divisions within our society. The wearing of the burqa subjugates Muslim women and is a way in which Muslim men can enforce their will and demeans women. The Koran makes no mention of the wearing of the burqa or any similar form of apparel except that they should wear modest clothing. Malalai Joya, an Afghan Member of Parliament and a devout Muslim admitted that “It’s not only oppresive, but it’s more difficult than you might think. You have no peripheral vision. And it’s hot and suffocating under there.” What women in her right mind would wish to be completely covered in such a way that it almost isolate her from the outside world? Wouldn’t it be strange for anyone to be talking to a person who they cannot see or recognise? It is a fact that men in overseas countries have dressed in this type of grab on many occasions to disguises themselves and hide weapons in order to perform illegal acts such as robberies and terrorism. One case was in Manchester, England where a man disguised in a burqa robbed a large jewellery store. You can understand that people working in a place where security is required such as a bank, there must be...
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