‘I feel free behind my burka’
What induces Muslim women to wear a veil? And how do the Dutch react to a woman wearing a niqab, a face-covering veil? Radio Netherlands Worldwide interviewed Brigitte, a convert to Islam, and Chaista Khan. Both women wear a niqab.
Dutch MP and leader of the right-wing Freedom Party Geert Wilders wants the burka banned in the Netherlands.
The proposed ban is a pivotal point in his party’s election manifesto.
It’s the first time the Freedom Party has taken part in a national parliamentary election, and Wilders predicts big wins in the 9 June polls.
Brigitte and Chaista are often called names in public - “terrorist” or “ninja”, for example.
Brigitte has had little contact with her family since her decision to wear the niqab.
Chaista’s parents worry about her, about what might happen if she comes across radical people who might get aggressive with her because her face is covered.
But the women themselves feel free... free behind their niqab.