The Dutch Ban the Burkha
The Burkha has become a trade mark attire for Muslims.It is in real terms a mark of subjugation of women
The Burkha and the Muslim Woman
The Burkha or Hijab is a black cloak that is worn by Muslim women. It has over the years become trade mark attire for the conservative Islamic followers. In some Muslim theocratic states like Saudi Arabia it is enforced with religious fervor and no dissent or even discussion on this is tolerated.
The Koran does not mention anything about wearing a Burkha. It was a tradition introduced much later. Now hard line and even moderate Muslims support wearing the Burkha. It does not matter to them that a woman may not want to wear it. Woe betides a woman who does not wear it and there have been cases where a woman has been simply murdered for not wearing a Burkha.
The Burkha has been recognized as a sign of subjugation of the Muslim woman in most countries of the West. It would be another matter in case the Burkha was also made mandatory for men, but this has not happened. Thus it is up to the government to legislate and enforce that the wearing of the Burkha by coercion is stopped.
The Burkha has been banned in some countries in Europe like France and now the Dutch have also banned the Burkha. On 27 January, 2012, the Dutch government approved a ban on the Burkha. Along with the Burkha full face covered helmets, Nike and forage caps that cover the entire face were also banned.
The government has made wearing Burkha an offence and wearing it in a public place will invite a fine up to $ 499. It must be noted that Muslim clerics in France and Holland have up held the ban as it is discriminatory in nature.
It is about time the Muslims themselves woke up and did away with this archaic dress, which is not mentioned anywhere in the Koran.