Earlier this month CNN reported that the European rights court ruled in favor of French burqa ban. In France the law says nobody can wear clothing that conceals the face in public. The penalty for doing so can be a 150 -euro fine (£120). A French Muslim women didn’t agree with this new law, she argued that the ban violated her freedom of religon and expression and brought her case to the European Court of Human Rights but the ECHR upheld the French burka ban.
The court ruled that the ban “was not expressly based on the religious connotation of clothing in question but solely on the fat that it concealed the face.Last year a You Gov poll found that 61% of Brits still want a ban on burkas. Should the Burka be banned in Britain? We asked Fathima, Sowda and Sumeyah for their views on the news.
“The burka is more of a cultural thing, it is not religious. I think banning the burka in Britain would be extreme. But I understand that if a person commits a crime you need to see their faces and if a woman is wearing a burka and commits a crime you can’t see her face.However, I still think banning British Muslim women from wearing the burka in Britain is extreme.”
Fathima, 12, Tower Hamlets
"I disagree with banning Muslim women from wearing the Burka because wearing a burka is a personal choice. Women should be able to wear what they want. You can’t tell someone to wear blue everyday if they don’t like it. Women should have the right to wear what they want."
Sowda, 14, Tower Hamlets
"Even as a Muslim I feel uncomfortable talking to a woman wearing a burkas but the burka is a more of a cultural thing than religious . There are people who want the Burka banned in Britain and I can see where people are coming from but I still think banning women from wearing it is a bit too extreme."
Sumeyah, 12 Tower Hamlets