Posted by: becketfund | January 12, 2009

Chechnya: President Requires Headscarves on Campus Grounds

GROZNY – The new requirements for women to wear headscarves is believed to be the start of a drive by Ramzan Kadyrov, the 30-year-old president, to promote a more Islamic society in Chechnya, Financial Times reported on January 12. The legality of the new headscarf law in accordance with the Russian constitution, which strictly separates church and state, has already been questioned. Many girls are the first in three generations to cover their heads. While under Soviet rule many women in Chechnya were encouraged to burn their headscarves in an attempt to discourage atheist youth from falling under the sway of religion. Asked last month whether the policy was consistent with Russian federal laws, Mr. Kadyrov replied that “Chechnya is 100 per cent Muslim, and the spiritual revival of the population is essential for the rebuilding of the republic. No one can tell us not to be Muslims. If anyone says I cannot be a Muslim, he is my enemy.”

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