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From about two years ago I can recall the mass media frenzy over the Taliban regime The outrage felt and expressed by the public at the media portrayal of their treatment of women was distinct and tangible Images of women covered from head to toe immediately arise due to a very effective propaganda campaign Dont forget the issue of womens rights only became important during the build up to the invasion of Afghanistan The whole world clamoured at the supposed lack of choice in wearing the Burka the garment which was compulsory for women to wear One of the chief justifications of the war was to set free the oppressed women of Afghanistan The aftermath in Afghanistan paints a contradictory picture as a majority of women in Afghanistan today are still wearing what was then named as a symbol of oppression strangely they do so willingly Hypothetically if the Taliban seized power again and in a reverse were to force these same women to remove the cloth which they have consciously embraced Would this act not be a harsher oppression If this is the case then where is the outrage at the French government for initiating this very act upon the women of France The head covering is not only a physical barrier against prying eyes but also a defence against a society infatuated with unattainable beauty A woman cannot and should not be judged according to the way her hair is styled or how it moves with the wind or according to her beauty natural or otherwise To ban the Hijab is paramount to violating the right of a woman to be modest to tearing away at the essence of a person to maiming someone psychologically as the Hijab is not a separate entity to woman but is in fact one with her being A proposal of such import if codified into law would be
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