How many Muslim women actually wear the burka in the UK? It’s probably less than a few thousand – The i – Weekend Reads #55


Given the reaction of some parts of the media, one could be forgiven for assuming that Europe and the rest of the Western world has become besieged by burqa-clad women. The “fear” is now so rife that empty bus seats in Norway were mistaken for a group of women wearing the burqa.

Meanwhile, in a much derided stunt in Australia, far right leader Pauline Hanson wore a full-face covering burqa into the senate chamber. Hanson’s aim was to prohibit Muslim women from covering their faces and to get the burqa banned in the country.

To look at it, the burqa is simply a veil which covers the body and face – and yet it is also sometimes associated with oppression, terrorism, and extreme religious beliefs. Some burqas only have a mesh screen for the wearer to see through. The niqab, on the other hand, is a face veil worn with a headscarf which leaves the eyes uncovered, while the hijab is a scarf which covers the head and neck. In Europe, the term “burqa” is used to refer to women who wear robes to cover the body and face, but their eyes may be left uncovered, as seen in the main image of this article.

Source: How many Muslim women actually wear the burka in the UK? It’s probably less than a few thousand – The i – Weekend Reads #55

One thought on “How many Muslim women actually wear the burka in the UK? It’s probably less than a few thousand – The i – Weekend Reads #55

  1. What really is wrong in wearing the Burka or in fact anyother type of clothing providing it is down to the choice of the person wearing the Burka or anyother form of clothing,

    Clothing does not make a person, far whatever a person wears they are the same person underneath that clothing.

    Surely the only criteria for wearing clothes is to make the person be comfortable and in no way should anyone wear anything just to please another, unless they themselves wish to do so.

    We pride ourselves in the West that we have freedoms, which many Wars have been fought to retain.

    By banning this and then banning that are we not curtailing these freedoms and for what, as in the case of the Burka it will only be in respect of a very small number of women wearing the Burka.

    Lets just live and let live.

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