Calls to ban the burka and niqab in the UK have reignited the debate over Islamic face veils. 

According to the Telegraph; UKIP has long called for a ban on Islamic full face veils/burka. Currently the UK does not have a ban on Islamic dress but schools can decide their own dress code and prevent students from wearing face veils.

Contrary to the claim of its advocates, it has nothing to do with Islam but is a cultural fad imported from Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Islamic world according to the Guardian.

Here is an overview of some countries which have voted yes to a ban of wearing the burka in a public place;

  • France
  • Belgium
  • Egypt
  • Bulgaria
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Chad

Video: Residents of Nottingham’s opinion 

Karimia Institution, Nottingham

“You’re  allowed to go out and get a tattoo which is modifying your body, so why shouldn’t I be allowed to go out wearing a burka.” Iqrah Naveed, Karimia institute.

“It’s people’s personal choice if they want to cover their face. I’m not for or against it but it can intimidate me not knowing who I’m talking to or looking at” Thomas Simpson, Nottingham resident.

If a ban were to be implemented it would be the face veil banned and not the headscarf.

A decision on whether the government should go ahead and reignite a debate on this subject will continue to remain a controversial argument in the meantime.

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