- Politics and Social Issues
Burqa Ban Spreads in Europe
Gradually, the Muslim way of dress for women of wearing the Niqab or Burqa is being outlawed in public mainly because one cannot see the face. While it is the custom in many islamic and Muslim countries, the opposite is true in most Western countries. Just as Western women who go to these Muslim countries dress accordingly, it should be no different to Muslim women who wish to live in Western cultures, no matter how devout they are because the cultures a very different and one should abide by them.
That is the thought in France, where they banned them in public and in the work place. soon, Belgium did the same and now the Swiss are allowing its citizens to decide. If passed, the Swiss law would outlaw the Muslim dress for women that hides the face from view. There are only about 340,000 Muslims in Switzerland. The Swiss have already banned the Muslim spires that signal when Muslims should pray. In Quebec, Canada, there is a proposed ban from wearing them at work.
Since France passed the law in 2011, 800 Muslim women have received tickets for violations. Many of these are tourists who did not know about the law.
Of course, the issue is about the freedom to wear what you want and that remains true, but a women wearing a face covering burqa or niqab is simply isolating themselves in a Western society and making their own daily chores more difficult. Those women who might wear it at work will find it simply intolerable to conduct face to face meetings or meetings with customers or the public. Westerners do not like talking to someone they cannot see in face to face discussions or interactions, whether it is in a shop, at a bank, or in the professional world. In fact, many managers might ask the woman to go home and change because wearing either is not acceptable in the work world.
Many will scream about religious persecution, anti-Muslim or anti-Islam, but if Western women are expected to adhere to the Muslim customs when they live or visit in Muslim countries, then, it is no different for Muslim women in Western societies. The burqa or niqab is intimidating on approach, it is mysterious, alienish, in any Western country. On approach, it appears as a blob with no face, no eye contact. Because of that, most westerners will approach with caution and avoid interaction. It is just how it is. Most do not understand why women wear them and even when it is explained, the result is the same.