Dutch minister considers burka ban

10th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

10 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk is to investigate the possibility of banning the wearing of the burka in specific situations.

10 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk is to investigate the possibility of banning the wearing of the burka in specific situations.

A total ban on the Muslim garment that covers the entire body is not possible, the minister believes.

Verdonk has ordered her officials to study whether the burka could be banned at certain times and in specific locations on security grounds. She outlined her ideas to parliament on Monday.

She was responding to right-wing independent MP Geert Wilders, who called for a ban on the wearing of burkas in public. He argued that the burka is not "woman friendly" and it prevented quick identification of the wearer.

The burka - associated with Afghanistan and other strict Muslim societies - covers the woman from head to toe and even conceals her eyes.

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Subject: Dutch news

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