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Reader comment on item: Ban the Burqa - and the Niqab Too
in response to reader comment: 2013 Today the burka and hijab are still way too common in the West

Submitted by Amelia Dawson (United Kingdom), Mar 30, 2013 at 10:54

Would making it illegal to wear burqas and religious face coverings not be just as repressing and 'de-humanising' for women?

Surely the idea that a woman can wear what she wants is an important liberty in terms of equality?

Your assumption that all muslim women that wear face coverings are being forced to is incredibly narrow minded. The west instantly see women in face coverings as a problem, and I think it is due to that massive culture differences that we cannot understand this and therefore just make assumptions based on western norms which lead us to believe that it has to be a negative thing, when in fact it is not necessarily.

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