Tuesday, June 23, 2009
A LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
SARKOZY ATTACK ON BURQA IS ANTI-MIGRANT, ANTI-MUSLIM
France’s President Sarkozy is Jewish. His antagonism against Islam is axiomatic.
The framing of Burqa, as a prison sentence for women, is understandable, if it is compulsory and forced without rhyme or reason.
But, if and when Muslim women are adopting it voluntarily and even as a fashion or identity statement; their rights cannot be questioned. Women should be given that freedom; which is even granted by Sharia.
Sarkozy’s defence of French notion of freedom for women should include freedom to live outside of France’s cultural mainstream.
Muslims in France are the second largest religious group and majority of them immigrants from France’s old French colonies. Now that they have become citizens of France, France will have to absorb their Muslim culture too, in its pluralist society.
Sarkozy’s move is patently anti-Muslim and tied up with anti-immigrant politics of France. It has no leg to stand on. In fact, it amounts to denial of Human Rights of French Muslims.
The inquiry into the matter as suggested by Sarkozy and endorsed by others, will prove that Muslim women are adopting burqa voluntarily and not being forced by any cultural edict that is bound to be diluted when the immigrant shifts from a Muslim majority state to a Muslim minority state.
Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai