French Catholic Church warned Paris against banning burqa:
The French Catholic Church has warned Paris against banning
Muslim full-face veils. It said France must respect the rights
New Delhi: French Ambassador to
India Jérôme Bonnafont has justified the proposed ban on the veil,
which he believes impedes the secular credentials of the country and
is unacceptable to the majority Muslims living in France.
France has over
five million Muslims and Islam is the second religion of country
most of the Muslims have migrated to France from sub-Sahara Africa
and North Africa for better financial options and these migrants in
particular are resisting Government's move to ban Burqa, talking
tough on the issue and making an apparent reference to migrants
French envoy Bonnafont said, " Why choose a country where you are
not comfortable, why migrate to a country where you don't respect
France has been
in consultation with many Muslim bodies and Islamic think tanks
across the globe, which also includes the association of Imams in
India according to sources.
also cited security as one of the reasons that full Naqab could not
be allowed and is unacceptable.
According to him
one could not distinguish a person clad in a Burqa was a male or a
believes that Burqa also undermines the gender equality and the
struggle for equal rights which the French women is waging for
religious symbols at government schools is already banned, and
approximately twenty percent of pupils are studying in private
schools, which are under tight government control.
Sikhs in France have also expressed their anguish over the ban on
wearing turban in the government schools,. The issue has been raised
twice by the Indian Prime Minister with President Sarkozy.
Off late on the
sidelines of CHOGM at Port of Span and the French envoy has
confirmed that the matter is under consideration.
However many believes that if legislation to ban Burqa comes to life
which is most likely then it will be more difficult for the French
government to lift the ban on turbans.