"Banning never works. It would divide communities", equalities campaigner responds to UKIP candidate's veil policy

'Banning the veil would divide communities', says equalities campaigner

UKIP leadership candidate Lisa Duffy wants to ban the veil in public places

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Equality campaigner Akeela Ahmed has told talkRADIO that Britain is "not in the business of telling women what they can wear" after UKIP leadership candidate Lisa Duffy yesterday called for a ban on the full-face veil in certain public places. 

Duffy advocates a policy of 'show your face in a public place', but Ahmed claimed that such an approach risked further dividing communities, rather than promoting integration. 

The founder of She Speaks We Hear, a project for Muslim women, Ahmed told Julia Hartley-Brewer that wearing a veil should be a matter of personal choice.

"In Britain, we're not in the business of telling women what they can and cannot wear," she said. "I'm really against telling a woman, whether it's a mini-skirt or a face veil, that she shouldn't wear something.

"I think banning never works. Rather than promoting integration, it means communities are more divided."

But Doctor Taj Hargey, imam of the Oxford Islamic Congregation, told Julia that the veil is not a traditional part of Muslim life.

"We should call it the face mask, because that's what it is, a mask," he said. "Since it's pre-Islamic, it's non-Quran, it's automatically non-Muslim.

"Once we allow this to become the norm in our society, it's a Trojan horse, because what will follow is other Sharia nonsense."

Listen to the full interview to find out more and let us know YOUR thoughts on the veil debate

Banning never works. Rather than promoting integration, it means communities are more divided
Akeela Ahmed, She Speaks We Hear