France claims to be a proud nation resting on the pillars of secularism and freedom but the re!cent ban on Burquini has left the whole world speechless. A recent picture of armed policemen asking a muslim women at the beach to partly undress has went viral creating a public outrage.
Source : Daily mail
Ex president Nicholas Sarkozy announced a ban at his first rally for 2017 presidential election. “In my speech there is no fear, no hatred but just common sense” is what he said as thousands of his supporters cheered along. France has been a place of increasing immigrants and it has always practiced the policy of inclusiveness. However, such ban makes us question the inclusive policy.
Of all the rights and freedoms defined by law, the freedom to dress and what we wear is often taken for granted but throughout history there has been government interference through laws in clothing and dresses. Clothes define a particular community and culture which makes it even more susceptible to governmental policies.
Ruthan Robson in her book ‘Dressing Constitutionally’ traces the fashion laws from middle ages and claims that there are far more restrictions in clothing than we might think. It dates back to the sumptuary laws in the middle ages which focuses on dressing laws according to social ranks.
The Saudi Arabian law demands that all the women are supposed to wear abayas in public and many Muslim Women think that they are being targeted in particular after the recent attacks in France. But some think that it is purely for the security reasons that such measures are taken. Few supporters of this ban claim that the Saudi law wants all women to wear abayas in public irrespective of their native origin, ditching an abaya or burquini when on a foreign land is not a big deal.
“Over 40% of our sales are from non-Muslim women,” the Lebanese-Australian designer said.Zanetti suggested the recent bans are more an exercise in policing women’s wardrobes than preserving secularism. She believes that it is the right of the women to wear whatever she feels like and such bans are only made to place restrictions on women dresses.
Protests emerged as there was a recent ban on hijab by the Srinivas group of colleges in Manglore, India. The college registrar, AM Narahari, was quoted as saying that the college’s professors had found it difficult to teach students in burqa and it was mandatory for students to show their faces during examinations. There are many other countries including Germany that have banned hijab before.
Some say that it is a clear indication of religious intolerance in a country that has a long tradition of democracy and secularism while others claim that it is the right step towards tightening security with France been under constant terror attack. What do you think? Do you think banning the Burquini is the right step or do you think it is just another political gimmick? Do let us know your views through the comment box below.