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Burkini ban in France and women who have it all

The debate around headscarves and burkinis raises the question; what rights do women have over their own body and identity?

Sarah Farooqui 

Sarah Farooqui The Burkini ban in France (later denounced by the courts) on the grounds of secularism and liberal ethos reveals the oxymoronic nature of both in the country. And further, it represents the State’s patronising approach towards women, and their choice to dress according to their comfort, belief and ideology. We recently saw a similar approach in India, where the Tourism Minister in a welcome kit issued to foreign arrivals, advised tourists to not wear short dresses or skirts, adding that this was for their own safety, because “Indian culture is different from the ...

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First Published: Thu, September 15 2016. 09:00 IST
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The debate around headscarves and burkinis raises the question; what rights do women have over their own body and identity? The Burkini ban in France (later denounced by the courts) on the grounds of secularism and liberal ethos reveals the oxymoronic nature of both in the country. And further, it represents the State’s patronising approach towards women, and their choice to dress according to their comfort, belief and ideology. We recently saw a similar approach in India, where the Tourism Minister in a welcome kit issued to foreign arrivals, advised tourists to not wear short dresses or skirts, adding that this was for their own safety, because “Indian culture is different from the ... image
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Burkini ban in France and women who have it all

The debate around headscarves and burkinis raises the question; what rights do women have over their own body and identity?

The Burkini ban in France (later denounced by the courts) on the grounds of secularism and liberal ethos reveals the oxymoronic nature of both in the country. And further, it represents the State’s patronising approach towards women, and their choice to dress according to their comfort, belief and ideology. We recently saw a similar approach in India, where the Tourism Minister in a welcome kit issued to foreign arrivals, advised tourists to not wear short dresses or skirts, adding that this was for their own safety, because “Indian culture is different from the ...

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