Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Morocco Bans Burqas to Strengthen Its Security; Bandits Tend to Use Burqas to Carry Out Crimes

Moroccan burqa manufacturers and retailers were issued written warnings this week of their obligation to immediately cease making and/or selling the garment, the Jewish Press website reports today (January 11, 2017).

The government of Morocco -- a predominantly Islamic country --  has ordered businesses producing burqas to convert them to other garments, rather than dumping them on the followers of another religion.

Moroccan news media speculated that the burqa ban reflects security concerns, "since bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes."

"We have taken measures to completely ban the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all cities and towns in the kingdom," a senior official at the Ministry told the news media.

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