French Parliament Votes to Ban Burqa
Most of the French lawmakers in the country's lower house of Parliament have voted for a ban on wearing burqa by Muslim women. But this ban has also angered a lot of people including various Muslim groups and human right advocates.
This has generated a lot of controversy and people, who are opposing this bill, stress that it is against the French ideals of equality and secularism. But, French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to attract votes from far-right voters by implementing this ban.
The bill will be placed before the Senate in the month of September. It is expected that it will be passed by the Senate but legal experts stress that it may be declared unconstitutional.
Similar bans are also being planned in other European countries like Spain and Belgium but these countries do not have large population of Muslims.
On the other hand, France has almost 5 million people who are Muslims and most of them are against placing a ban on veils worn by the Muslim women. Religious organizations also stress that this ban will not be in the interests of women and may further ostracize them from the society.
This view has also been supported by various human right groups, who feel that this move will create divisions in the French society and increase discrimination.
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