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The vile veil(ed) compulsion

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Submitted by N.N. (Germany), May 25, 2004 at 10:18

A non-muslim friend of mine was invited for tea to a muslim household. He noticed upon arrival that the women of the house wore no veils and even came out to greet him. As the ladies went back to make tea he asked his host whether there was no purdah custom among them. The host replied: "We do not need to observe that for people like you. It's when our muslims male guests come that our women hastily pull on their veils and remain hidden inside".
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