Posted by: becketfund | September 11, 2007

Chechnya: Female Civil Servants Forced to Wear Islamic Head Scarf

Reuters reports that Ramzan Kadyrov, the current president of Chechnya, has issued a new edict requiring all female civil servants to wear an Islamic headscarf, saying that women were the root of all crime in the region, as their current clothing choices “invited” men to have sex with them. The new law is in violation of Russian laws which aim to keep the state separate from religion, and has raised fears that Kadyrov will try to turn Chechnya into a “private fiefdom”.

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