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Quebec woman told to unveil or leave class

Second case in recent months rekindles niqab debate


 

A niqab-clad Muslim woman was asked to leave a Quebec classroom last March and told she’d be booted out of the government-run French class unless she unveiled. The 25-year-old, referred to only as “Aisha” is a permanent resident from India and has been described by classmates at her suburban Montreal school as a model student. The Immigration Department’s decision that her veil represented a “pedagogical” barrier has “upset the whole class,” according to Mustapha Kachani, the executive director of the Centre d’intégration multi-services de l’Ouest de l’Île. “I’m sure we could have found a solution instead of isolating her and marginalizing her,” he said. “Maybe we would have convinced her to remove her veil.” Aisha, however, has rejected requests to remove the veil, saying it would be akin to “someone asking me to take off my clothes.”

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Quebec woman told to unveil or leave class

  1. If removing her niqab is akin to taking off her clothes, how miserable she must be to see all these faces when she goes out!

    How did she get here? Didn't she meet with an immigration official in India? She took the plane to come here, she must have had to show her passport and her face, and she probably met with immigration officials here.

    I did not see this news in Quebec medias. I wouldn't be surprised if Ottawa paid her to enrol in a French class…just to prove that Quebec and Quebecers are racists, bigots, perverse, etc. Quebec-bashing, you know. ..

    • "I wouldn't be surprised if Ottawa paid her to enrol in a French class"

      >>Because you believe women who wear the niqab are incapable of wanting an education? Behind their veils, those women are still women. They have feelings, dreams and aspirations.

      • yes, someone made a comment and now he's racist too right? When i visit your country i am told on the plane before i deplane what i have to wear, what my wife must do and common practice so i do not insult anyone. Yet the same respect cannot be paid here in Canada when you come here for a "better life"

        The Niqab is banned in egypt, where she is from. Why are canadians racist now because we are also banning it?

        It is my RIGHT as a NATIVE canadian to identify with the person in front of me. Granted i do not see many women wear the Niqab anymore but the fact the few that do immigrated here don't even have the respect to follow suit they'd rather file a complaint before they've even been in canada a year.

        If our laws upset you, feel free to head home. These laws are here to preserve Canada. If it upsets you i don't see any reason why you need to stay in Canada the country who treats you SO poorly right?

        You can't have your cake and eat it as well. Which do you want, home land or Canada. Give an inch and people always try to steal a mile.

        • "now he's racist too right"

          >>Who said he was racist?

          "When i visit your country…"

          >>My country is Canada. I identify as a Canadian.

          "The Niqab is banned in egypt, where she is from"

          >>Actually this woman is from India (the largest democracy in the world), where the niqab isn't banned. But regarding Egypt: I hear they have very corrupt politicians, does it mean we should follow them?

          "It is my RIGHT as a NATIVE canadian to identify with the person in front of me."

          >>Where in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms does it say that? The Charter of Rights and Freedoms does, however, guarantee freedom of religion.

          "If our laws upset you, feel free to head home."

          >>In early 20th century, when women were fighting for their right to vote, were they told to move to other countries that did give women the right to vote? In the 1990s, when gays/lesbians were fighting for same sex marriage, were they told to move to countries where same-sex marriage was legal?

          >>Granted, I'm an immigrant. But Canada is my country just as much as it is your country. Every Canadian is an *EQUAL* citizen (immigrant or native born). If a native Canadian didn't like a law, would he leave the country, or stay and protest? Why should an immigrant Canadian do any different?

  2. The 25-year-old, referred to only as “Aisha” is a permanent resident from India and has been described by classmates at her suburban Montreal school as a model student.

    >>So a woman in the niqab can be a good student, or at least according to her classmates.

    The Immigration Department's decision that her veil represented a “pedagogical” barrier has “upset the whole class,” according to Mustapha Kachani, the executive director of the Centre d'intégration multi-services de l'Ouest de l'Île.

    >>The class and the principal of the school are against the decision to expel her. Maybe the Quebec government should actually consult teachers and students before making such decisions.