Morocco Bans The Burqa

Morocco has banned the production and sale of burqa full-face Muslim veils, apparently for security reasons, media reports said Tuesday.

While there was no official announcement by authorities in the North African nation, the reports said the interior ministry order would take effect this week.

“We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom,” the Le360 news site quoted a high-ranking interior ministry official as saying.

In Taroudant in southern Morocco, authorities ordered traders to stop making and selling burqas and to liquidate their stock within 48 hours, the reports said.

Retailers in the northern town of Ouislane were said to have received similar instructions.

It was unclear if Morocco plans to follow in the footsteps of some European countries such as France and Belgium where it is illegal to wear full veils in public.

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As I’ve said many times, these head scarves and face veils have no religious significance whatsoever. It’s simply a regional style of dress. There are many Muslim countries where women roam in public with their heads uncovered and nobody complains that’s it’s somehow indecent or un-Islamic.

Welcome to the 21st century Morocco, what took you so long?

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