Is that curtains for Australian values, then? Sydney council erects screens around a public pool so Muslim women can ditch their ‘burkini’ bathing suits and learn to swim with no one watching
We should reject that. Swimming is unislamic. Muhammad didn’t allow the women of his harem to swim either. No special accommodation for Islam, period!
- Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre hosting ladies-only pool sessions to encourage Muslim women to swim
- A white retractable curtain has been installed for privacy during the women’s-only time slots on Wednesdays
- Some locals have criticised the decision on social media, saying the swimmers are getting ‘special treatment’
- The woman who runs swim group said it’s to accommodate those who ‘wouldn’t otherwise swim at the beach’
A Sydney council has been criticised by angry locals for erecting a curtain for a ladies-only swimming session to encourage Muslim women to use the pool.
The council-run Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre in the city’s west has installed the retractable curtain around one of its three pools so women can swim privately during two set time slots on Wednesdays.
The organiser of the swim group, Yusra Metwally, said the idea behind the sessions is to ‘accommodate people who wouldn’t otherwise swim at a beach, or swim in a swimming pool because they don’t feel comfortable’.
Locals have slammed the idea as ‘segregation,’ saying the women are receiving ‘special treatment’.
‘These communities should be encouraged to integrate and uphold the values of equality and respect not division and segregation paid for by taxes and council rates,’ one woman wrote.
Anthony McIntosh, manager of the centre’s operator Belgravia Leisure, said the covering for the swimming pool’s glass walls was intended to make Muslim women more comfortable with using the facility.
Behind the curtain, Muslim women who wear a hijab would be able to swim in whatever attire they feel comfortable instead of a modesty suit or burkini.
Ms Metwally said other swimmers will not be impacted by the use of the facility as the othe pools will be open to everyone during the session times.
‘We had a record number of people drown at the end of last year which matches up with the road fatalities,’ she said.
‘So if we can have more women who are water-safe, that’s surely a good thing’.