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Switzerland votes to ban wearing the Burqa and Niqab in public

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Switzerland voted in favour of banning full facial coverings (Niqaab) worn by Muslim women in public spheres on Sunday. Official results revealed that the law was passed by receiving 51.2% of total votes.

The ban means that nobody will practice any form of facial coverings (veils) in public. This law however allows women to profess and practice coverings at worship places.

There is no mention of a specific religion in the law but is evident that the ban is targeted towards the veils worn by Muslim women also known as Burqa or Niqaab.

The law was proposed by the members of the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP), they strongly backed the proposal to ban facial coverings.

However, the government of Switzerland was not in favour of this ban with the argument that it will hurt the religious sentiments of Muslim women who practice Niqabs and Burqa. The government had said that the state cannot dictate women what to wear or not.

The government expected the rejection of the proposed law by the Swiss population and even released posters against the ban which read, “No to an absurd, useless and Islamophobic ‘anti-burqa’ law.”

The introduction of the Niqab ban is being viewed as a “dark day” by Swiss Islamic groups.

The Central Council of Muslims called the move a ‘signal of exclusion to Muslim minority and expansion of legal inequality’. The organization said that it will challenge the decision in Court.


This is not the first time Switzerland’s citizens have voted for such discriminatory and anti- Islamic laws.

In 2009, the Swiss population voted in favour to ban the construction of minarets, which was also proposed by the SVP as they labelled the minarets as a sign of Islamisation.

The wearing of the Hijab and the Niqaab has been a topic of debate and controversy in many European nations. Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria and Belgium has already adopted a ban on full and partial face coverings.

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