Wearing veils is banned in France

Posted by David Khoirul

niqab or burqa ban in france kenza driderIf you're Muslim women living in France, starting from today, you won't be allowed to wear niqab, a full-face veil that people here in Indonesia like to call jilbab. France, which has the biggest Muslim population in Europe, announced the ban of wearing the veil in public on Monday.

However, this draconian new law was broken by Kenza Drider, a 32-year-old woman from the southern city of Avignon, according to AFP via The Jakarta Globe.

Kenza has become the media symbol of France's tiny community of niqab wearers. "I had been invited to take part in a television programme which I am going for and I find that today is April 11, the first day of the application of the ban," she said.

Upon her insistence on wearing veils in public, Drider can be fined 150 euros (£130).

Meanwhile, this morning, French police arrested two veiled women along with several other people protesting in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris against the new law. The arrest happened just hours after the ban came into force.

For whatever reasons, wearing veils is part of human rights and should never be banned. In Indonesia, this kind of ban also occured in Delta Surya Hospital in Sidoarjo, East Java, where one of its nurse named Nurul Hanifah was threatened to be fired if she kept wearing the jilbab on duty.

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