Hijab not harmless
Re: “Obscene comparison”, (PostBag, July 7).
Contrary to Eric Bahrt’s statement, I have not equated forcing a young girl to wear the hijab at school to the barbarity of female genital mutilation (FGM).
I have observed, however, that those who preach tolerance for the hijab unfortunately end up also being tolerant of FGM.
Tolerance can be a very slippery slope. What is the moral or cultural norm to start saying no when you have already said yes to unsavoury things before?
As Mr Bahrt must be aware, it is known that almost all Muslim girls in southern Thailand are victims of FMG. So, let us do nothing about that. Rather, let us ensure that they also have to wear the hijab at school.
It is a factual if admittedly shocking description of what is happening. Response to the child marriage scandal seems to have been rather tepid and embarrassed. Why?
Finally, it is quite ludicrous to state that a little girl chooses to wear the hijab to express her religious freedom, if this is Mr Bahrt’s opinion. It is not harmless either. It signifies that she is already considered as a sexual object and trains her into submission.