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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Brace yourselves once again, from the 11th April 2011, we will see France ban the niqab; the full coverage of the face of many Muslim women, the veil. The burqa, niqab debate are on the tip of tongues of many men, women, strong feminists, politicians, the academics and scholars, all trying to make sense of the issue and their valid view points.

Yes, the debate is already on the uptake. Libertarians amongst us wish to see the right to choose and fair choice for all, however allowing France to ban will cause uprise and controversial challenges in freedom of choice for some women. 

Many who wish to oppose the veil, face hostility too from their own sisterhood; these Muslim women against the opposition debate highly to retain the niqab on Muslim women in the current form. The balance of choice is killed with the notion of dithering between all on this topic, the clothing garment builds a picture of many further debates from religion, faith, culture, modernity, dress and artistic forms of how women, particularly Muslim women should portray themselves in society to what is deemed acceptable in France. Well at least France as a country made a decision, right or wrong because the country felt Muslim women are oppressed but there are other women who shape a differing view; they simply wish to demonstrate their modesty in the garment.

PURDAH LIKE NO OTHER


Religious scholars, leaders and advocates string in a line to provide their expertise and historical knowledge as if it's a disease to be unrevealed. Do not cloud your own judgment too soon, it's been here for decades. I would like us to stop having shallow view points and address the debate with a common sense approach, the ban is already here, now work on some effective solutions to ensure women are not affected negatively if they choose to wear it, refusing to comply the law or support those women who wish to distance themselves from wearing it.

It's important to ensure the debate does not become political point scoring from France to the UK. I see this more of a healthy debate around human rights and freedom, to window dress it, covering many complicated issues of community cohesion, integration, assimilation, employment and access to the word I refuse; the T word to say diplomatically, security and state matters is beyond belief.

Well let us wait and see what the future holds for these Muslim women who are affected by the change in France post April 11th. The war of the veils is yet to begin.

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