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Submitted by Romesh Chander (United States), Jun 8, 2009 at 22:11

Gunjan:

To be blunt about it, you do not have a clue about the issues of jijab in the western society.

You want to wear hijab on the street, go ahead; nobody cares. You want to wear at the mosque, no problem; nobody cares. You want to wear hijab at a public school, we do have problem there in wearing of hijab. Same way, wearing of hijab at a non-muslim private school. Sorry, no hijab at a job because of safety / health regulations (e.g., in health clinics) or in office jobs of government or private businesses (employers do have the right to require certain dress rules, like it or not).

No, it is not a question of freedom; it is question of interaction in a multicultural, multiethnic, multireligious society. A society cannot function in 100% freedom; if it did, it will not be a society. Even in the freest society like US, there are restrictions.

Societies always impose restrictions, like it or not. That is why we have a constitution and laws, judicial system to impose those laws. And laws are always coercive, like it or not; if they were not coercise, they will not be laws then.

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