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Morocco Reportedly Bans The Sale Of Burqas

Morocco’s government has banned the sale, production, and import of the burqa, reported local media.
Letters announcing the ban were sent out to market vendors earlier this week, with businessmen given just 48 hours to get rid of their stock. While it is unclear why the burqa’s sale was banned, Le360 reports that it has been used by some criminals to hide their identity in order to commit various crimes.
Security authorities are reportedly also concerned with the use of the burqa to commit terrorism.

It is unclear whether the ban, which is linked to security concerns as the burka fully conceals the wearer's face, extends to wearing the burka in public places.
"We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom," said a a senior Moroccan government .
The kingdom's government has not confirmed the ban and it was unavailable for comment on Thursday.
They instead opt for the hijab, a headscarf, or the niqab, which leaves the area around the face visible. Morocco has also not completely banned the wearing of the burqa and it is not clear whether this will come in the future.

The ban of sale and production of the burqa is unlikely to impact many Moroccan women. Relatively few Muslim women in Morocco wear the burka, which completely conceals the wearer's face with a grille.



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