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Protesters in Britain addressing the niqab debate

Protesters in Britain addressing the niqab debate

Protesters in Britain addressing the niqab debate

In the UK, the decision of a judge to preclude a Muslim woman from wearing the niqab while giving evidence in court has sparked a wider debate about the face veil.

Those on the left and the right have formed an uneasy alliance in seeking its banishment from public places, with the former worrying that any proliferation will necessarily erode women's rights and the latter citing its existence as a potent symbol of the failure of multi-culturalism.


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