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Iraqi women 'forced to veil'

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2986962.stm

Some radical clerics demand that all women wear the veil
UN officials in Baghdad say they are very concerned that religious extremists are intimidating women and girls into wearing the veil.

In particular, some radical clerics have demanded that women - even Christians - wear the veil.

The UN officials have also expressed alarm at a reported rise in rape.

Since the end of the conflict in Iraq, radical factions in Iraq's Sunni and Shia Muslim communities have been asserting themselves in the ensuing period of instability.

One Iraqi UN staff member recently received a handwritten letter at home saying she would be killed unless she started covering her hair.

The spokesman for the UN Children's Fund, Geoffrey Keele, said that in some areas there had also been pressure on schoolgirls to start putting on the veil.

"It's an issue of people's rights - it's an issue not only of women's rights, but human rights - and people have a right to choose whether or not they wear the veil, what religion they practise, how they practise that religion," he told the BBC.

UN officials have raised the issue with American and British forces.

They also say Iraqi women can no longer drive or walk in the streets at night as freely as they did in pre-war Iraq.

And women have been victims not only of intimidation, but also of the lawlessness of the last few weeks, says the BBC's Caroline Hawley.

No statistics are available, but Iraqis say there has been a significant increase in rape.
 

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Every time I see a woman wearing the veil, I feel like pulling it off. I know the meaning is to protect the women for intrusive looks by men but DAMN, not the women are to blame for these looks but the men!
And this in countries where it is really hot. The men run around with their shirt open till the waist and the women have this veil firmly closed under the chin. It makes me so angry. Worst of all is that the women themselves seem to defend the veil.
The veil is a sign of oppression of women by men, so it is uncivilized. I don't care if my opinion is politically uncorrect and I get all the Muslims over me. A religion which oppresses women is primitive, that is what I think.
 

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BTW, if they want to force anyone to wear the veil, why not the men with their stupid beards of at least half a meter long! Can't imagine that these guys have a sex life, what woman wants to kiss a gnome???
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