Argument: Those wearing burqa increase pressure on others to wear it

Issue Report: Ban on Muslim burqa and niqab


Sara Malkani. “Burka: the other view.” February 16th, 2010: “even an independent decision to wear it is not carried out in a vacuum. It is important to understand the effect of this choice on other Muslim women, many of whom may be trying to resist pressures from their relatives, community or governments. […] Their resistance is undermined when the burka becomes increasingly common in public places and more closely associated with Islam. […] The question is wouldn’t the burka ban be a major impediment to the freedom of women who feel compelled to wear it when they are in public? Perhaps, but on the other hand, it may provide much-needed respite to the many Muslim women who are forced to wear the burka by family, friends or religious figures in their community.”