Muslim leaders’ headscarf advice for women ‘attack on freedom’: Austrian govt

Austrian government officials are criticising a recommendation by the country’s Islamic leaders that Muslim women wear a headscarf with the onset of puberty.
Austrian government officials have criticised a recommendation by Islamic leaders that Muslim women wear a headscarf with the onset of puberty.(AP File/ Representational Photo)
Austrian government officials have criticised a recommendation by Islamic leaders that Muslim women wear a headscarf with the onset of puberty.(AP File/ Representational Photo)
Updated on Mar 06, 2017 07:58 PM IST
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Vienna | ByAP

Austrian government officials are criticising a recommendation by the country’s Islamic leaders that Muslim women wear a headscarf with the onset of puberty.

Foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, who also is the country’s integration minister, says the stance is “an attack on the freedom and self-determination of women.”

State secretary Maria Duzdar says such restrictions on the freedom of women are “unacceptable”.

Austrian media reported their comments on Monday in reaction to a recommendation by the Islamic community.

The organisation says the final decision is a woman’s to make and criticises what it says is political interference into religious affairs.

The Austrian government has prohibited full-face veils in courts, schools and other “public places” and banned police officers, judges, magistrates and public prosecutors from wearing headscarves earlier this year.

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