Our preoccupation with Ayodhya perhaps allowed this to go unnoticed earlier.
Two French students, one of them Muslim, decided to protest the new French law banning the niqab in public.
They have made a video strolling around the streets of Paris in a black veil leaving only their eyes visible.
But, they are bare-legged — in mini-shorts and black high heels
They call themselves the "Niqabitches".
We are both in early twenties, and although one of us is Muslim, we do not feel directly concerned by the vote of the anti-burqa (although "niqab" is more appropriate).
Just putting on a burqa would have been too simple. We asked ourselves: how would the authorities deal with women wearing a burqa and a Minishort?
There was no attempt to attack or degrade the image of Muslim fundamentalists -- each to their own -- but rather to challenge the elected officials of the Republic who passed this law that is believed to be largely unconstitutional ...
...We heard that the Republic was an area of free expression in which everyone could choose to dress and practice his religion as he sees fit, as it does not force anyone to adhere to his convictions.
This law is absurd
...The police themselves are clearly opposed to this legislation ... will only increase social tensions in neighborhoods that could do without...political hypocrisy
... and the hypocrisy of French politicians who wave the feminist flag on the sacrosanct pretext of defending the poor veiled women by force...
It's very nice for them huh, thank you! But do we really need a special law burqa to remind us that it is illegal to force someone to do anything against his will?
Does the state have nothing else to do but to dictate the way we dress?
At one point in the video, the women approach the ministry of immigration and national identity, and are told by a policeman to go elsewhere.
A policewoman, however, exclaims: “I love your outfit, is it to do with the new law?”
“Yes, we want to de-dramatise the situation,” one girl replies.
“It’s brilliant. Can I take a photo?”
But once the law comes into force, the same policewoman will be required to fine them...