Should the burka be banned in public?
Belgium's lower house of parliament has voted for a law banning women from wearing the full Islamic face veil in public. Does the proposal set a dangerous precedent?
The law prohibits the wearing in public any clothing that obscures the identity of the wearer. If passed, it would be the first move of its kind in Europe.
Only around 30 women are said to wear this kind of veil in Belgium. However, the Muslim Executive of Belgium says that the law could lead to them being trapped in their homes.
Should the state be able to control what people wear in the name of security? Do you live in Belgium or other parts of the world where similar bans are being considered?
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