Hi­jab not harm­less

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

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.

BAF­FLED READER

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