New Delhi: After outrage on social media over a post showing a Muslim woman being made to strip herself off her burkini at a beach in France by police officials, France’s highest administrative court on Friday lifted the controversial ban, directly inciting Right-wing backlash on the decision.
With recent terror attacks in France where the casualties have been staggeringly high, the French government and its people both are gripped with paranoia which paved the way for city mayors to introduce the ban on burkini, a burkha-concept swimwear for Muslim women.
The State Council’s judgment suspended a ban in the Riviera resort of Villeneuve Loubet and the legal precedent was set in other thirty towns where burkinis have been banned.
“The emotion and the anxieties resulting from the terrorist attacks and especially the one committed in Nice on July 14, are not sufficient to justify legally the prohibition,” the court said as it condemned the mayors who had overstepped their powers by introducing the ban.
However, Lionnel Luca, the mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet, censured the court’s decision and said, “This decision, far from pacifying, will serve only to heighten tensions which will carry risks of trouble which we wanted to avoid.”
Most of the mayors who imposed the ban are adamant about pursuing the ban. Former conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy who introduced a ban on full-face veils supported the mayors’ decision.
The ban on burkinis has been criticised not only for stripping women of their choice of clothing, but it also has been censured for spreading unreasonable paranoia.