Liguria in Italy planning to ban Muslim women wearing face veils from entering hospitals, public offices

Authorities in Liguria, a region in northwest Italy, are set to vote on Friday (10 March) on a proposal to ban women from wearing Islamic face veils called “niqab” in hospitals and other public institutions.

The proposal – made by Giovanni Toti, Regional president of the Forza Italia party, and Liguria’s health councilor, Sonia Viale of the far-right Northern League party – is reportedly aimed at defending women’s freedom.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I think it’s more about defending women’s safety.

  • Art Deco

    It defends neither freedom nor safety. The best you could say about it is that garments like the burqa and the niqab have little constituency in the Muslim world outside of Saudi Arabia. The modal preference in the Arab states and points adjacent is for the amina, a garment which does not cover the face.

    • occupant 9

      Um, so? The issue is the wearing of such disguises/masks that obscure the identity in western nations, which should in regards to Islam, never have been allowed in the first place.

      • Art Deco

        I think if you don’t want to wear a niqab, then don’t.

        There’s a scene in Alan Paton’s novel Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful where the Prime Minister rebukes one of his subordinates telling them he was not going to make himself look ridiculous by prohibiting someone from wearing a particular type of cap. Well, in the Western world today, there’s a certain constituency for making yourself look ridiculous.

  • Dana Garcia

    There’s no place for masks in a free society. They must be rejected as undermining the principles of freedom, which includes openness and responsibility.

    • They are misogynistic garments worn only as a thumb-in-the-eye.