Saturday, June 7, 2008
It's surely not Turkish delight
Turkey has the right to ban women from wearing headscarves in universities, according to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The argument by the judges is that the ban is necessary to maintain order and show that no preference is given to any religion. They also claimed that was no infringement of human rights. Although the decision was made in the name of secularism, it is clearly a violation of human rights. What people want to wear over their heads is nobody's business. If they wish to wear the purdah or burka, so be it. But the same principle also applies - if women do not wish to cover their heads, that's also nobody's business. If they want to wear the mini skirts and tight jeans, who are we to say no?