With no official comment from the authorities, it’s hard to say whether or not the alleged “burqa ban” in Morocco is anymore than an internet troll sharing social media to start a frenzy, or if it is a sanction that will be put in place this week.
Allegedly, Interior Ministry reps have visited tailors and shop owners to deliver hand-written notices instructing them to stop selling and producing burqas. If they don’t do this and either get rid of their stock or alter it, the goods will be confiscated within 48 hours.
The image below is apparently one of these hand-written notices:
Which translates roughly as: “Following the observations of the authorities, we notice that you sell burqas – so, we are calling on you to get rid of the products of this outfit within 48 hours and to refrain from selling it in the future.”
The controversy surrounding this is as you might expect. According to Le360 a senior official of Interior Ministry has said: “We have taken measures to completely ban the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all cities and towns in the kingdom.”
People are asking why this burqa ban now? It is supposedly a security measure after reports that people have been using the garment to help perpetrate their crimes.
Looking across the rest of Africa, Chad banned burqas after two suicide attacks in June 2015, with similar laws in Cameroon and Niger. Egypt is also apparently on the fence about it with supposed draft laws written up.
Again, without comment from the authorities it’s hard to know if this is even true and leaves us to ponder this; will simply wearing the burqa also be forbidden? And, after five-centuries of the burqa, what kind of opposition will the authorities face?