SHOW RE­SPECT

Comment News (Armadale) - - Opinion -

WHILE Amna Khan’s let­ter was in­for­ma­tive (Com­ment News, Septem­ber 12) it fell far short of a full ex­pla­na­tion why the burqa should not be banned in pub­lic places.

Fe­male vis­i­tors to Is­lamic coun­tries show re­spect for lo­cal cul­ture by wear­ing head­scarfs and cov­er­ing their legs.

West­ern cul­ture is not afraid to al­low women to show their faces and se­cu­rity con- cerns man­date that peo­ple can be iden­ti­fied. I am not per­mit­ted to walk into a bank or pub­lic of­fice with my mo­tor­cy­cle crash hel­met on, so why should some­one with their face cov­ered be ex­empt?

It would ap­pear that the burqa is not the only op­tion avail­able to women and the hi­jab of­fers fa­cial iden­tity while af­ford­ing the wearer to meet their cul­tural re­quire­ments.

How do Is­lamic women show their re­spect for the west­ern cul­ture where they have cho­sen to live? WIL­LIE BERESFORD, Thornlie

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