Belgium has moved towards becoming the first European country to ban the burqa and niquab in public. The Brussels Federal parliament voted unanimously to ban total and partial covering of the face in public.
Centre-right MP Denis Ducarme said, "I am proud that Belgium would be the first country in Europe which dares to legislate on this sensitive matter." He also stated, "The Burqa is contrary to the dignity of women. It is a walking prison." This ban would be imposed in streets, public gardens etc, Isabelle Praile, vice-president of the Muslim Executive of Belgium warned the move could create a dangerous precedent. "Today it is the full-face veil, tomorrow the veil, the day after it will be Sikh turbans and then perhaps it will be mini skirts," she said.
Comment: When in Rome do as the Romans do. Western customs and dress-codes are not welcome and are punishable in strict Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia. Why should it be any different in Europe?
If people choose to live in other countries with different customs they should conform to the culture in which they reside and attempt to integrate with it. What do you say?