Students at an Islamic university in India are demanding that their female teachers wear the all-covering burqa—the sack with the wire mesh for the eyes. The teacher, who is also Muslim, refuses to wear one.
Sirin Middya, who described herself as a devout Muslim, said she was appointed in March but has not been allowed to teach her classes since she refused to wear the garment, which covers the entire body and face. A mesh net covers the eyes.
“The students have threatened us and have put up banners saying those who oppose the burqa rule can go back home,” Middya said.
But here’s the scary part of the situation:
“I don’t have a problem wearing the burqa, but when I wear it, it will be of my own free will,” Middya said.
She should have a problem with wearing a sack, even of her own free will. Because there is no free will to be had in “choosing” to wear a garment that turns a woman into an anonymous bundle of clothing.