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Women can choose to wear the burka – but can they choose not to?

Women can choose to wear the burka – but can they choose not to?

Date Published: 
Monday, 6 August, 2012
Summary: 

"Exactly what choice does an 11-year-old girl have when her designated school uniform is a magician's black cloth that conceals her from the world and never brings her back?"

This was the question posed by Allison Pearson in her article '' in the Telegraph last year. She was referring to an East Midlands school in which, from the age of 11, young girls are obliged to cover themselves entirely – including their face – with the Islamic niqab.