Austrian President calls on all women to wear headscarves

Vienna, 2 Sha’ban 1438/29 April 2017 (MINA) – Despite neigbouring countries started to ban hijab, Austria President call on women to wear headscarves as solidarity to fight Islamophobia.

12th Austrian President, Alexander Van der Bellen, rampant Islamaphobia continues, there will come a day where the country must ask all women to wear a headscarf.

“And it is not only Muslim women, all women can wear a headscarf, and if this real and rampant Islamaphobia continues, there will come a day where we must ask all women to wear a headscarf – all – out of solidarity to those who do it for religious reasons.”

Mr Van der Bellen was responding to a question from a schoolgirl who argued a ban on Islamic headscarves or veils would reduce women to their appearance, rather than accomplishments, and shut some out of the labour market.

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He also said freedom of expression was a fundamental right.

“It is every woman’s right to always dress how she wants, that is my opinion on the matter,” he told an audience of school pupils.

His comments were made in March but emerged after being broadcast on Austrian television, amid debate in the country and neighbouring Germany about “burqa bans”.

The President’s office said he believed prohibitions were only justified in select circumstances, such as for female judges, where religious dress could raise questions over their professional neutrality.

Islam became the third largest religion after Christian Catholicism and Protestantism in Austria.(T/RE1/RS5)

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Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)