The wearing of burqas may be banned in Switzerland. In the referendum held on Sunday, 51.21% of the people here voted in favor of banning the burqa. It is believed that a law can be made on this here now. The proposal was brought about a month ago. When people opposed it, the government decided to hold a referendum. If a law is made on this, women here will not be able to leave in public places by covering them completely.
Other groups, including the Swiss People’s Party (SPV), did not mention Islam anywhere in their resolution. Despite this, this proposal in the media here was called Burka Ban and it was considered against Islam. Switzerland has a population of about 86 million. Muslims constitute 5.2% of it.
Religious places will be exempted
According to CNN, women will not be able to completely cover their face in public places such as public offices, public transport, restaurants, shops, and other places in Switzerland. However, it will be exempted at places of worship and other religious places.
Decision taken for security reasons
Due to disease prevention and safety reasons, women will be able to wear the burqa and women will be allowed to do so even in places like Carnival, where the custom of covering the mouth has been in place for years. In the proposal of the Government of Switzerland, no exemption has also been given to the tourists and other people coming from abroad.
Nobody wears a burqa, 30% of women wear a mask.
Earlier this year, a survey by Lucerne University claimed that women in Switzerland do not wear burqas. However, 30% of women cover the face with a mask or hijab while going to public places. The entire body is covered in a burqa, while only the face is covered by a mask or hijab.
Prevention of face-covering in these countries
France banned face-covering in 2011. Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands, and Bulgaria also prohibit the wearing of burqas in public places.