Burqa ban will serve to boost the sex industry in Morocco
A bad-tempered debate has erupted on the Morocco World News website following a report that the Muslim country has banned the sale, production and import of burqas.
Someone called Zigma Zigma suggested that the ban would serve only to boost Morocco’s “sex industries” by drawing in more foreigners.
Christian M Davidson rubbished the suggestion:
Come on, Morocco is biggest destination for male sex industry not female.
And he pointed of that 80 percent of Moroccans have “some kind of same-sex intercourse”, but they get married later. He added that Morocco has more gay dating sites than the rest of Africa put together.
Muslim preacher Sheikh Mohamed Fizazi, above, reacted to the ban by supporting the authorities. He claims that the burqa is a cultural symbol belonging to other countries like “Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Arabian Peninsula,” worn to obscure the female form.
Here in Morocco and in the North of Africa in general, our women have their own style in wearing the hijab. It is a style that represents our social and religious culture.
The sheikh went on to suggest that if the government had proposed banning either the Moroccan or the Eastern veil, then it would be a clear case of an unfair ruling.
Then we could say, ‘Oh God, this is unfair’.
Since, however, the ban involves an item culturally appropriate to other countries, he reasons that it is not a decision which represents an infringement on Moroccan rights and freedoms. In fact, he argues, the importation of products like the burqa represents a sort of betrayal of Moroccan culture and tradition.
Fizazi concluded by saying:
For me, there is no difference between the Afghan burqa and foolishly ripped jeans or a mini skirt, or whatever degrades our pure culture and particular our identity …
But Hammad Kabbaj, a preacher barred from standing in parliamentary elections in October over his alleged ties to “extremism”, denounced the ban as “unacceptable”, and that it mocked the “Morocco of freedom and human rights” which “considers the wearing of the Western swimsuit on the beaches an untouchable right”.
Meanwhile. the Northern Moroccan National Observatory for Human Development said it considered the measure:
An arbitrary decision that is an indirect violation of women’s freedom of expression and wearing what reflects their identities or their religious, political or social beliefs.
But Nouzha Skalli, a former family and social development minister, welcomed the ban as:
An important step in the fight against religious extremism.
Letters announcing the ban were sent out on Monday, giving businesses 48 hours to get rid of their stock.
There was no official announcement from the government, but unnamed officials told outlets the decision was made due to “security concerns”.
It is unclear if Morocco is now intending to ban the garment outright.
A high-ranking interior ministry official confirmed the ban to the Le360 news site, adding that:
Bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes.
The burqa, which covers the entire face and body, is not widely worn in Morocco, with most women favouring the hijab, which does not shroud the face.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn