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Women's Rights

Reader comment on item: Ban the Burqa - and the Niqab Too

Submitted by Edward Halper (United States), Aug 2, 2007 at 13:33

The burqa is not worn for modesty, but to exclude women from public life. It is a contradiction to insist that women are obligated to go to school, to appear as witnesses in courtrooms, and to fulfill other duties of citizenship while also allowing them garments intended to exclude them from these activities. Women are pressured into wearing burqas by their community. To ban these garments would go some way toward insuring their rights while still allowing them to fulfill their religious responsibility to dress modestly.


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