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Afghan Women Behind The Burqa

Lynnette Thomas

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Several books have now been published offering first-hand accounts of oppression, abuse and downright misery, suffered by those women who are obliged to reside behind the prison of the burqa.

Now the debate rages throughout Europe of whether or not Muslim women should be subjected to being held captive behind a cloth screen that sets them apart from all social life, besides snatching away their identity. Numerous people in western society look on the burqa as a sign of debasement and subservience, besides being an absolute infringement on the freedom of women.

The Health Ministry of Egypt took an unprecedented step as they forbade nurses in their hospitals to dress in the nigqab. While wearing the veil, nurses were unable to do their normal work which includes the washing of hands. An act that is almost impossible with the veil on.

In Kuwait females who drive are not permitted to be dressed in the niqab, as it hinders the driver’s line of sight, not allowing 180 degree perspective. It also makes it extremely difficult to recognize any driver who may be breaking the law. A court ruled that women parliamentarians did not have to wear head covering, in spite of a law suit attempting to impose this religious restriction on a couple of women.

Abu Dhabi recently forbade the wearing of the niqab in all public offices, so as to combat unlimited absenteeism. Prophet’s wives only are authorized to still wear the full veil. Public security in Saudi Arabia has discovered that numerous Islamic terrorists have used women’s covering to perpetrate acts of terrorism.

A woman in the United States got off scot free after filing a false police report, because the police were not able to identify who the veil covered woman was who had filed the statement against a police officer.

Female students are no longer permitted to wear head coverings in Turkey universities. The fight is about human rights however, not just what to, or what not to wear.

The battle over head covering is merely the tip of the iceberg. Khaled Hosseini, a doctor and Afghan author, who lives in Northern California with his wife and two children, is dedicated to Afghanistan, but fully aware of the shortcomings of his home nation. Reading Hosseini’s book “A Thousand Splendid Suns” is a heart-wrenching and dramatic insight into the lives of the women behind the burqa as well as the sort of life these women have to endure.


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