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"Clothing that hides identity, puts up barriers to communication, is not liberating."
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AMSTERDAM, Nov 29 (Reuters) - The Dutch Parliament's lower house voted on Tuesday to ban the wearing of face-covering clothes - such as burqas and niqabs - in some public places, making the Netherland...
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NEW DELHI -- French embassy yesterday said there was no ban on wearing turbans in public space while reacting to a charge by a Sikh organisation that the community has been fighting for their rights i...
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This November, Switzerland followed in the footsteps of France and overwhelmingly voted to ban the burqa in the region of Ticino, instating a £6,500 fine for women who continued to wear this garment. As expected, accusations of Islamophobia have started flying thick and fast, and my fellow feminists will probably soon be writing editorials on Muslim women's right to choose. I beg to differ. I don't think that wearing a burqa is a viable choice at all.
Antiquated, repressive, protective -- whatever it might be, the burqa has attracted enough controversy in the recent past to be banned from public life by several countries. The real challenge is to understand why such a convention came into being and what exactly we need to denounce about it... for everything is not wrong with the burqa per se, but only how it is used as tool for suppression.