Armed policemen are making women strip down on the beach.
Imagine sunbathing on the beach and being surrounded by armed police officers, demanding you remove your clothes and writing you a ticket for what you chose to wear that day.
That’s exactly what’s happening in France, after several resorts in the terrorism-shaken country issued a ban on the burkini, saying the garment “overtly manifests adherence to a religion at a time when France and places of worship are the target of terrorist attacks.”
This week, there was outrage as a 34-year-old mother in Nice was confronted by four police officers on the Promenade des Anglais, just yards from the Bastille Day attack that has resulted in 85 deaths so far. The officers made the woman remove the veil that covered her head and arms as her children looked on in tears.
Photos of the incident went viral, with people saying the ban has gone too far and is creating an even more hostile environment for Muslims in France.
Just let this sink in. Men with guns forcing a women to undress, with the weight of the law behind them. pic.twitter.com/4BI16Bbss9
— Abdul-Azim আজিম (@AbdulAzim) August 23, 2016
Meanwhile, the Australian woman who created the burkini said there is more demand than ever for the full-body bathing suit, which she created to give Muslim women the ability to swim and enjoy the beach while respecting the customs of their religion.
“The burkini swimsuit is freedom and happiness and lifestyle changes – you can’t take that away from a Muslim, or any other woman, that chooses to wear it,” Aheda Zanetti told The New York Times in a telephone interview.
Image via Vantage News.