Banning the Islamic face veils or not, that has been an intense debated subject and was widely argued in various places especially in Europe such as Italy, Spain, France… Lately, it has gained momentum across Europe and had reached its height when France – the country with third biggest Muslim population1 in Europe, officially decided to ban the all sorts of face veils known as burqas, niqabs, … 23 This sparked immense outcries in many places. That raises the question: was this a right decision?
Should the women have their rights to wear the face veil? This essay will try to set light on few core issues through a brief discussion on different aspects of the matter. It is essential that one acquire some basic knowledge about the face veils before getting any deeper into the main issue. The face veil is a piece of garment designed to cover most parts of the women’s body with its intentions to give the Muslim women more ” freedom ” and security.
And as we know the face veils somehow had become a symbol of the Muslim women and became an inseparable tradition of the Muslim women. Though it is quite controversial but this particular practice seems to not have a religious origin as though the Qur’an could be interpreted in various ways, it is commonly accepted that the Qur’an only urges the people to wear modestly in public places but does not specify that women must wear face veils4. Therefore in my opinion, arguments against the face veils banning that has a religious background should be neglected.
The main argument for banning of the face veils is that it limits the women’s freedom which could be understood as violating human rights of the Muslim women and it is especially popular in Europe where human rights is always prioritized. To some extent in my opinion, it is very true because it seems the majority who wears face veils are either told to wear or forced to wear though most of them has a tendency to claim that they have an independent choice to choose to wear or not which is actually a rather rare case.
Also, many countries have developed a stronger Islamophobia after the 911 terrorist bombing 5 thus they are now more cautious and the security is getting tighter, and so banning the face veil can be seen as a good option since it would more or less, prevent criminals to lurk under the cover of a Muslim woman6. However there are also numerous counter-arguments such as the banning of face veils is a sign of racism because they are targeting on Muslims and also they are stripping away the freedom of the Muslim women to wear what they want7 and lastly it expose Muslim women to vulnerabilities which can be true to some extent.
It is very likely that this would be a never-ending debate therefore it is necessary not to move to any extreme such as banning because there is really no right and wrong ,for that reason it would be wiser move to just enforce the laws on wearing face veils in public places. However, the face veils are not an effective tool to prevent women from being abused, instead, there is a far more effective anti-rape device called Rape-aXe8, which will potentially become an effective safeguard for women in general if the main aim of the face veils are to provide protection for women against lustful men.