From Cannes, Presenting A Story Of Islamophobia And Intolerance


For me beaches are the most peaceful places in the whole wide world. Being the beachy person that I am, there is nothing more serene, and relaxing than just gazing at the horizon and watching the preferred sunrise or a sunset, with a glass of wine and a book in hand. Beaches are the perfect excuse to pamper ourselves, and I cannot imagine my life devoid of it. The simplicity and the perfection of that one great moment at the beach just makes me forget all the hassles of my life. And in that very moment, I am complete and devoid of any stress, anxiety or some past-lingering trauma.

However, nothing would shatter me more than my inability to go to beaches annually, which I do religiously follow with my friends. But if I were a Muslim, planning to go for a holiday in France, I might have to rethink it.

In the latest spin on how to tackle terrorism, Cannes has banned the entry of women on beaches who are clothing themselves in burkini¸ either they have leave the beach or pay the hefty fine, which shouldn’t be present in the first place. Women are being asked to dress less, or maybe dress in order to not attract enough attention because of the religion they choose to practice.

Whatever happened to liberty, equality and fraternity that France rides high on? This is a nothing but a huge reflection of the cowardly mindset and the unorthodox one in the country which has witnessed multiple ISIS attacks in the past few months.

Wherein, women are fighting to be dressed however they want to, whether it is a pair of shorts teamed with a bra, or just supporting plain nudity, this comes as a shock. In a bid of not locking a woman’s body in burkini, they find it easy to ban them rather than understanding their mindset. Some French municipalities have banned these suits from public beaches, claiming to uphold hygiene, secularism and even public morals. Some French think the burkini signifies sexist oppression, whereas the mayor of Cannes labeled it a symbol of Islamic extremism.

So, as per my basic understanding, France must dictate what Muslim women wear to teach them that no one may dictate what they wear. Irony much? In the name of promoting the freedom of Muslim women, government should deprive them of the right to make their own apparel choices, because nothing speaks of freedom if not restrictions.

Let us consider alternative reality that many of these lawmakers have refused to notice- what if the apparel worn by these women, namely, burkini, is out of choice much more than oppression? What if, they are religious enough to adhere to the norms, their tabooed and highly judged and ridicule religion refer to?

Did the lawmakers refute the option of a choice that many women are vehemently fighting for?

And since when can a dress code be relegated as a perpetuator of terror strikes, and how will banning it going to save France?

If some Muslim men employ violence or threats to control their wives and daughters, the target of government policy should be detecting and ending that sort of abuse. Forbidding burkinis is like trying to combat rape by telling women they can’t have sex.

In all its irony, they are just making the Muslim women to remain invisible by asking them to shed more clothes, so that they are one of a crowd. Obviously, paying taxes and having patriotism takes a toll when you are following a religion that is being used by nasty people for violence.

The key to a free society is the principle of “live and let live” — accepting your neighbour’s right to live by beliefs you may not share, as long as your neighbour extends you the same latitude. But, maybe this is asking for too much, after all in the wake of Islamophobia, tolerance indeed has gone into the drains, hasn’t it?

Majority are indeed impacted by the infamous theory of trumpism, continent no-bar.

This move is nothing but an excuse; an excuse for the inability to fight terror from within; an excuse at their incapability to aid the citizens of their own country, and an excuse to uphold their motto of liberty, equality and fraternity, in all its irony.

Yugansha Malhotra

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