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Banning burka is a matter of public safety

Published 21/07/2010

Your correspondent Tangled Web (Write Back, July 20) emphasised the cultural aspects of the burka. But I would suggest that this is really not the primary consideration for banning it.

While doing so could be argued to be an infringement of a woman's freedom, it has to be balanced by the fact that it makes others unable to identify the wearer. This has been used, for example, by one of the London bus bombers a few years ago as a means to evade justice.

It is such misuse of the burka that is a concern of the state and gives it the right to ban its wearing in public.


Salford, Lancashire

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