Switzerland bans the burqa, imposes £6,500 fine on Muslim women

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Pregnant Muslim woman branded ‘terrorist’ on London bus while passengers looked on

27 November 2015

Women in many parts of the Middle East are prohibited from being seen without their all-black burqua outfit on. The reverse is true in at least one canton in Switzerland: Muslim women will no longer be allowed to wear their full-body garments in shops, restaurants, public buildings, and other similar places.

The local government of Ticino recently approved a referendum that would fine any woman wearing a burqa the equivalent of a whopping £6,500 in light of the heightened terrorism alerts all across Europe, Express UK reported.

The Swiss Parliament earlier ruled that the ban did not violate the country’s federal law, resulting in a referendum in Ticino where two-thirds of the population voted to support and impose the ban.

According to the new law, the 40,000 Muslim women in Switzerland will still be allowed to wear masks, balaclavas, or crash helmets. However, their head-to-foot body cover will strictly be prohibited. Even visiting tourists must strictly comply with the new law.

Giorgio Ghiringhelli, who drew up the proposal, said the referendum vote is a strong message sent to “Islamist fundamentalists” in the country.

“Those who want to integrate are welcome irrespective of their religion. But those who rebuff our values and aim to build a parallel society based on religious laws, and want to place it over our society, are not welcome,” he said.

The Ticino law was actually inspired by a similar French ban, which was observed by the European Court of Human Rights back in 2014. According to the said ban, women can be fined up to £150 for wearing the burqa in France, which has the biggest Muslim population in western Europe. When a British legal team tried to reverse the French ban last year, the attempt was rejected.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International was dismayed by the Ticino ban and called their decision to control the clothing preferences of Muslim women as a “black day for human rights in Ticino.”




Pregnant Muslim woman branded ‘terrorist’ on London bus while passengers looked on

RACHEL BLUNDY, November 28th, 2015

A pregnant Muslim woman was racially abused by a drunk man who branded her a “terrorist” in a 15 minute tirade on a London bus while passengers looked on without intervening, it has been claimed.

The Turkish victim faced a barrage of abuse as she travelled on a 259 bus along Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park.

It was only when her abuser threatened to punch her that a man stepped in to protect her, witnesses said.

The bus driver, who remained in his cabin, stopped the bus and told passengers to get off once he was alerted to the abuse.

He called police who arrived on the scene moments later.

Charity worker Betta Elisa watched the events unfold as she travelled to work.

The 40-year-old Sicilian, who lives in Tottenham, said she was “surprised” that no one stepped in to help the woman for at least 15 minutes, adding that one man only moved to restrain the abuser when he threatened to punch her.

She said she was one of two women who stayed with the victim while her sister was called to collect her.

She told the Standard: “What surprised me even more is that no one went to comfort the victim. She was stroking her belly because she was six months pregnant.

“I felt really sad because this should not happen.

“I do not know if it was because it happened in London. We live in an individual world now. We need more of a sense of community. People just do not want to get involved.”

Describing the incident, she said: “I was on my way to work and I heard someone talking loudly. It was this man with a bottle of beer.

“He was obviously drunk.

“He started shouting. He was saying things like ‘B****, get back to your country’. He called her a Muslim terrorist. His English was quite broken.

“He was really aggressive. She was crying loudly.

“He leaned forward to punch her.

“But a man intervened and stopped him.

“Before that, no one was saying anything. I was going to help but another woman stopped me and said it was dangerous. Now I wish I had.”

Fiyaz Mughal, director of Islamophobia watchdog Tell MAMA, said the case was one of an increasing number of attacks on Muslim women after the Paris terrorist killings.

He said: “We have received cases post Paris that show a marked spike in anti-Muslim hate incidents, where at a street level, Muslim women are the ones being targeted.

“Their visibility, with their hijabs, sadly means that they are targeted and in a number of cases, Muslim women have said that no member of the public intervened to stop the abuse.

“This is worrying and there is much more work to do around community education in how to deal with such situations and in a manner that does not put yourself at risk.”

Transport for London insists the number of racist crimes per passenger journey has remained “stable” at about one crime for every three million passenger journeys over the last five years.

Steve Burton, Transport for London’s director of enforcement and on-street operations, said: “We do not tolerate racist behaviour of any kind on our bus network and the police are currently investigating this incident.”

Scotland Yard said a man had been arrested following the attack incident on Monday morning (November 23).

The incident comes just one month after video footage of another pregnant Muslim woman being abused on a bus in north west London went viral.

Simone Joseph, 36, of Angel Court, Willesden Green, was given a 16 week jail sentence suspended for 18 months after admitting racially and religiously aggravated behaviour.


Categories: Burka, The Muslim Times

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