Banning burka is a matter of public safety
Published 21/07/2010 | 08:00
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.
MARTIN D STERN