Casablanca - An announcement made yesterday by Scottish police came amidst an international uproar in reaction to France’s outlawing of the Muslim beachwear known as the burkini, and its coercion of Muslim women to remove the burkini in French beaches.
Casablanca – An announcement made yesterday by Scottish police came amidst an international uproar in reaction to France’s outlawing of the Muslim beachwear known as the burkini, and its coercion of Muslim women to remove the burkini in French beaches.
Police Scotland’s ratification of the Islamic headscarf was made in hopes of encouraging Muslim women to pursue the career of policing in the country.
“Today’s announcement formally ratifies the Police Scotland hijab and will encourage women from Muslim communities, who may previously not have seen policing as a career option, to reconsider,” says Police Scotland’s official website.
Chief Constable Phil Gormley, who made the announcement yesterday stated:
“I am delighted to make this announcement and welcome the support from both the Muslim community, and the wider community, as well as police officers and staff.”
Chief Gormley also highlighted that the purpose of the decision is to make the policing sector in Scotland reflective of the cultural and religious mix of the Scottish community, following in the footsteps of other sectors.
“I hope that this addition to our uniform options will contribute to making our staff mix more diverse and adds to the life skills, experiences and personal qualities that our officers and staff bring to policing the communities of Scotland,” highlighted the announcer.
Fahad Bashir, Chair of the Scottish Police Muslim Association welcomed this “positive step” and expressed his delight that “Police Scotland is taking productive steps in order to ensure that our organization is seen to be inclusive and represents the diverse communities that we serve across Scotland.”
“No doubt this will encourage more women from Muslim and minority ethnic backgrounds to join Police Scotland,” continued Bashir.
According to the BBC, out of the Muslim women who work with Scottish Police, none of them wear the veil, neither on duty nor out of it.