Talk:Hijab and Crime

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Useful resource

This article lists a lot of crimes: --Sahabah (talk) 18:50, 27 October 2013 (PDT)

Ideas for the page

A "history" section would be good. It could describe some of the earliest documented crimes. Any more ideas? --Sahabah (talk) 19:46, 28 October 2013 (PDT)

Yea thats a good idea. Tried a few searches, this is what I found for now. Murder juror 'listened to music under hijab', funny. Still worth a mention in a "Misc/Other incidents" section. --Axius (talk) 20:10, 28 October 2013 (PDT)

Moved from article

Country Description
Belgium Flag of Belgium.png From July 2011, any clothing that hides the identity of the wearer is prohibited in a public place.[1]
Canada Flag of Canada.png From 2011, face coverings are prohibited during citizenship ceremonies.[2]
Denmark Flag of Denmark.png Judges are prohibited from wearing any item of religious or political clothing in a courtroom.[1]
France Flag of France.png A law passed in 2010[3] and enforced from 2011, prohibits any person from covering their face in a public place.[4]
Germany Flag of Germany.png In 4 of the 16 states, teachers are banned from wearing headscarves. In the state of Hesse, civil servants are also banned from wearing them.[1]
Italy Flag of Italy.png Anti-terrorism law from 1975 prohibits people from wearing any item of clothing that hinders identification.[5]

Legal Status

Due to concealing the wearer’s identity, Islamic female dress such as the burqa and niqab have been used to facilitate numerous crimes, ranging from terrorism to child abduction. Hiding your identity in public this way is legal in many countries, whilst other face coverings such as balaclavas and motorcycle helmets pose the risk of getting the wearer arrested.


Professor Albert Mehrabian concludes that 55 percent of communication takes place through body language.[6] Islamic dress can hide the face and body, making it difficult for any kind of law enforcement officer to read the wearer's body language, whether it be in an airport, on CCTV, in a vehicle etc.[7] Lawyers and judges have argued, it is harder to determine if someone is telling the truth or not in court if they are wearing a burqa or veil.[8][9]

Use in Law Enforcement

Bangaldeshi police officers have created a "Burqa Team" to catch carjackers and muggers in the act. Abdul Latif of Kafrul Police Station said they devised the technique so that the muggers cannot identify them.[10] Pakistani officers have also dressed in burqas to capture al-Qaeda suspects.[11]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "The Islamic veil across Europe", BBC, September 22, 2011, 
  2. "Niqabs, burkas must be removed during citizenship ceremonies: Jason Kenney", National Post, December 12, 2011, 
  3. Steven Erlanger, "Parliament Moves France Closer to a Ban on Facial Veils", New York Times, July 13, 2010, 
  4. "Women in face veils detained as France enforces ban", BBC, April 11, 2011, 
  5. "Italian woman fined over burqa", The Age, May 6, 2010, 
  6. Keld Jensen, "The Naked Truth: How Body Language Reveals the Real You", Forbes, June 12, 2012 (archived), 
  7. Ben Harvey, "Burqa a blight on women: minister", The West Australian, April 9, 2011 (archived), 
  8. Elizabeth Binning, "Trade-off over burqas ruled", New Zealand Herald, January 18, 2005 (archived), 
  9. Jeff Karoub, "Muslim Woman Sues Judge Over Veil", Associated Press, March 28, 2007 (archived), 
  10. Shaheen Mollah, "Veiled cops catching muggers", The Daily Star, May 19, 2011 (archived), 
  11. "Burqa trap set for terror suspect", BBC News, May 5, 2005 (archived),