berqa, behind the burqa, behind the berker or veil
Women who wear a burqa, however it is spelt, are anonymous. They cannot be recognised and are, therefore, beyond the law of free democratioc western countries
Beyond the Law
A Legal Case that Failed
A woman was pulled over by a policeman for not displaying her P plates in Sydney last year, Unbeknown to her the officer's video recorded her rage and accusation of racial prejudice when she was asked politely to remove her burqa.
She subsequently reported the incident claiming the officer ripped off the garment and used racial slurs against her. The evidence on the video shows otherwise. "A magistrate subsequently found her guilty of making a deliberately false statement and sentenced her to jail for six months. Ms Matthews appealed, saying there was no proof she was the person in the burqa making the atatement and Judge Clive Jeffreys in the District Court yesterday upheld her appeal." (Herald Sun June 28th, 2011
She did not show her face when questioned at the time and when the matter was in court on June 21st. 2011, the judge dismissed the claim against her on the grounds that she could not be identified as either the driver of the vehicle or the one making the claim against the officer. She got off to the dismay and disgust of the majority of Australians,
Why the Burqa
It's not in the Qoran
Long before the Muslim religion got started it was customary for women to cover their bodies when outside. This was because it was thought that the sun would place a baby in their womb and they would become pregnant. It is not so far fetched when you think about it.
Women are fair game for male advances and in ancient times, prior to the knowledge of how women got pregnant, they were mated by any man who came along. It was custiomary for the host to give a women to a male guest for the night. This is known in anthropology studies of tribal practices in Africa and elsewhere.
The only way a woman could escape male attention was to cover herself completely and hide her attractive side from view. This same thing was practiced in Western societies where we see that even in the 18th Century it was immoral for a woman to display even her ankles, let along her head, breasts or other parts of her anatomy, Even the hands were covered in gloves.
Cultural practices in Europe saw women wear with the equivalent of a head veil, long dresses and shawls. Catholic nuns still wear the modified berqa as a uniform because the custom passed down from Islam to Judaism and Christianity. Only when we study the tribal people of distant lands, such as the American Indians and the Australian Aborigines, as examples, do we find people who took pride in being naked or near so.