After minarets, Swiss take aim at niqab

According to estimates there are about 150 to 300 people living in Switzerland who wear a burka or niqab.

After minarets, Swiss take aim at niqab

World Bulletin / News Desk

A right-wing politician who instigated the minaret issue in Switzerland is now trying to get voters to ban face veils according to an article in OnIslam.

Walter Wobmann and his allies are set to launch their "yes to the veil ban" initiative, a measure that they say has aim of preserving Swiss culture and quell a rising tide of Islam.

The initiative launched on Tuesday. If able to get 100,000 signatures, the issue will come up for a popular referendum under the Swiss system of direct democracy.

"In our culture, you don't cover your face, you show it. That's our culture, that's our society," he said.

The initiative, launched on Tuesday, seeks 100,000 signatures to come up for a popular referendum.

"More and more Muslims are coming to Switzerland, on refugee routes, and it's important that these people know what regulations we have in these domains," Wobmann said.

"It's important that we take action now, at the beginning, or it will become difficult."

The CIA Factbook states that Switzerland is home to some 400,000 Muslims, representing 5 percent of the country’s nearly eight million people.

While hijab is an obligatory code of dress for Muslim women, the majority of Muslim scholars agree that a woman is not obliged to wear the face veil, or niqab, but believe that it is up to her to decide as to whether she wishes to wear the face veil or not.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ekim 2015, 11:35