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Morocco bans production, sale of burqas on claim of security concerns

Morocco bans production, sale of burqas on claim of security concerns”

The official did not confirm whether the ban would be extended to wearing the burqa.

A senior official at the Ministry of Interior said the burqa, which is worn by some Muslim women, is hereby banned in the country.

Moroccan news site Le360 reported that the ban was initiated in the city of Casablanca.

The new measure has however been contested against by Salafist leaders of the country who expressed misgivings that the ban will be a first step towards the prohibition of the wearing of the hijab and the niqab.

The French National Front party (FN) is lauding the latest decision of Morocco's Ministry of Interior to prohibit the sale and production of the burqa in Morocco.

GETTYBurkas are only worn in minority communities in Morocco
GETTYBurkas are only worn in minority communities in Morocco

The opinions expressed in this article are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily those of World Religion News. Saida Drissi, chairman of the Democratic Association of the Women of Morocco slams the critics of the ban asking how they can call it an attack on freedom when forcing women to wear the full burqa was itself an attack on the freedom of women.

Hammad Kabbadj, a conservative preacher and member of the Justice and Development Party who was not allowed to run in last fall's legislative elections in which his party prevailed because he was deemed too "extremist", denounced the ban on his Facebook page.

"I am against the culture of banning in principle", said Moroccan journalist Ali Anouzla.

Stephanie Willman Bordat, a founding partner at Mobilizing for Rights Associates, a Morocco-based nongovernmental organization, said many Moroccans saw the burqa as a neocolonial import from the Gulf states.

Farah Cherif D'Ouezzan, the founder of the Center for Cross Cultural Learning in Rabat, told the Times there still was a great deal of confusion surrounded the alleged ban because of the lack of official confirmation. I would like to know how many people have been arrested. Past year in September, the Bulgarian parliament banned the burqa in a similar bid to boost security in the wake of various terrorist attacks in Europe. "The majority of Muslim women in the country wear headscarves without the veil [hijab], or niqab", the Independent adds.

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