British PM supports veil ban in schools, courts

Muslim women should remove veils in court because jurors need to see the faces of witnesses, David Cameron said.

British PM supports veil ban in schools, courts

World Bulletin / News Desk

British Prime Minister said that he will “back up” schools and courts that ask people to remove Muslim veils.

Cameron said that he does not believe there should be a ban on wearing the niqab, which conceals the whole face, in all public places, reported the Telegraph. 

However, in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme, Cameron said he would consider issuing new guidelines to judges, teachers and immigration officers telling them when they can ask people to remove their veils.

A growing number of Conservative MPs want the Government to consider a full ban on the veil.

“We are a free country and people should be free to wear whatever clothes they like in public or in private,” Cameron said.

“But we should support those institutions that need to put in place rules so that those institutions can work properly.So for instance in a school, if they want that particular dress code, I believe the Government should back them. The same for courts, the same for immigration.”

A London judge this month ordered a Muslim defendant to remove her veil, but asked politicians for clearer instructions on veils in court.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ekim 2013, 17:23