May: Right of women to choose how they dress

New Straits Times - - World -

LON­DON: It is not right for gov­ern­ment to tell women what to wear, Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said yes­ter­day, af­ter the Euro­pean Union’s Court of Jus­tice ruled on Tues­day that com­pa­nies can ban staff from wear­ing Is­lamic head­scarves un­der cer­tain con­di­tions.

Asked about the rul­ing, May told Par­lia­ment: “We have a strong tra­di­tion in this coun­try of free­dom of ex­pres­sion, and it is the right of all women to choose how they dress and we don’t in­tend to leg­is­late on this is­sue.

“There will be times when it is right for a veil to be asked to be re­moved... and in­di­vid­ual in­sti­tu­tions can make their own poli­cies, but it is not for gov­ern­ment to tell women what they can and can’t wear.” Reuters

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