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Jakarta Post

Tempting niqab ban

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, November 8 2019   /  01:15 am

In his early days, new Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi has had to issue an apology for his announced plan to ban the cadar (full-faced veil), or niqab, for women and cropped pants for men. Indeed they are both easily associated with Muslim “radicals”, and worse, terrorists; these were the clothes worn by a couple who attacked then-chief security minister Wiranto last month. Ironically, some female family members of Wiranto himself wear the cadar, but he has stated that as staunch nationalists, they have no intention of turning the Indonesian republic into a caliphate or Islamic state, as is the stereotype for those wearing such clothing.  Once again we must remind the government, and also fellow Indonesians, that however much we seek state protection, interference into private choices such as clothing must never be allowed. Further, bans on certain clothing have been ine...