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Question Time (2009) - Burqa ban debate

Question Time (2009) - Burqa ban debate

From today (11/4/11), the Burqa ban comes into force in public spaces in France. Under the law, a woman wearing a burqa (a garment that covers the body from head to toe) or a niqab (a veil that covers the face with just a slit for the eyes) can be fined 150 euros, or take classes on citizenship. Forcing a woman to wear a burqa or niqab is punishable by a year in prison and a 30,000 euro fine. Forcing a minor doubles that penalty - two years in prison and 60,000 euro fine.

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London1 London1 (2436 days ago)
Latest comment: I hope we ban it in the UK. It's sexist, demeaning, segregating, potentially lethal and something completely at home in the dark ages.
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Latest comment: I hope we ban it in the UK. It's sexist, demeaning, segregating, potentially lethal and something completely at home in the dark ages.
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Juniper Juniper (2437 days ago)
It's tough question. I have to admit a grudging respect for France though - they make absolutely no bones about who they are as a people. I do wish that the UK had a little bit more of that spirit without having to constantly fear being called racist or prejudiced. There is no doubt that many women around the world are forced to wear the full burqa in a systematic manner designed to suppress women. And despite these women that 'choose' how exactly do you escape the fact that they ARE essentially hiding themselves? Their husbands aren't doing so. I'm afraid any system, whether or religious or political or social that makes women 'less' is fair game.
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It's tough question. I have to admit a grudging respect for France though - they make absolutely no bones about who they are as a people. I do wish that the UK had a little bit more of that spirit without having to constantly fear being called racist or prejudiced. There is no doubt that many women around the world are forced to wear the full burqa in a systematic manner designed to suppress women. And despite these women that 'choose' how exactly do you escape the fact that they ARE essentially hiding themselves? Their husbands aren't doing so. I'm afraid any system, whether or religious or political or social that makes women 'less' is fair game.
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Guest: Tosser (2437 days ago)
Actually, let's call a spade a spade. It's not only an odd thing to do, but due to Muslim terrorists, it's also a potentially dangerous thing to do. Can you imagine the uproar when a burka clad person (because you never actually know if it's a man or a woman, as has already been proved) gets searched because of fear of bombs? There are plenty of muslim based countries where people CAN go and live.
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Actually, let's call a spade a spade. It's not only an odd thing to do, but due to Muslim terrorists, it's also a potentially dangerous thing to do. Can you imagine the uproar when a burka clad person (because you never actually know if it's a man or a woman, as has already been proved) gets searched because of fear of bombs? There are plenty of muslim based countries where people CAN go and live.
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