By: Liberty Laura
The president of Kyrgyzstan has attempted to dissuade women in the country from wearing hijabs, niqabs and burqas in assertion that Islamic dress allows women to become radicalized.
He recently said, ““Our women have been wearing miniskirts since 1950s, and they never thought about wearing an explosive belt.”
Almazbek Atambayev’s statements follow a government sponsored campaign to discourage Kyrgyz woman from dressing in Islamic garb due to fears of the “Arabisation” of the country.
Some banners display pictures of women in the country’s traditional clothing beside a woman dressed in a niqab or burka with the caption, “Poor people! Where are we heading to?”
BBC reports that he said terrorists were ‘insane people’ and clothes had the potential to “change one’s thoughts.”
“When we were searching for prisoners who had escaped a detention centre, [former interior minister] Melis Turganbayev… said that they had been eavesdropping on telephone conversations of wives and mistresses of criminals,” he said. “Their wives and mistresses wore sacks on their heads and they wanted to organize bombings.”