We always hear in the West that women who choose to don the veil are doing so of their own free will, and are perfectly free not to wear it. Yet the leader of the students’ union at Aliah University is willing to put this kind of pressure on Sirin Middya, and he is by no means alone in this. “Woman not allowed to teach after burqa refusal,” fromÂ Sify News, July 30 (thanks to JW)
A COUNCIL has warned female employees they could be sent home if their skirts are too short.
Not that this has anything to do with Islam or Muslims imposing sharia. But what if it does?
A memo sent by bosses at Southampton City Council, in southern England, has instructed the council’s 400 staff to dress appropriately for work,Â The Daily Mail reports.
Social workers, youth workers and other employees in the council’s children’s services department were told to “carefully consider their work attire”.
Women were advised to wear trousers or skirts of “reasonable length” – “not mini-skirts”.
The leaked email said that council bosses would in the coming weeks “be speaking to staff about the clothes they wear to work”.
It adds: “Please try to dress smartly and thoughtfully, in line with other professionals you come across in your day-to-day work, and in a way that shows respect to children and families.”
Staff are said to be outraged by the email. The council’s union secretary Mike Tucker toldÂ The Dail Mail: “I would have thought the council has got better things to do than impose a regimented approach to what people wear.”