LETTER: Disturbed by burkini ban

I find it disturbing to see the news of women in France being banned from wearing burkinis on some beaches.

This item of clothing is worn by Muslim women as a part of their faith.

Yet it is acceptable for priests of different religions, nuns, monks, Sikhs, strict Jewish believers and others who are required to wear garments to respect their religious beliefs to do so without any objection nor experience any attempt by anyone to make them remove that clothing.

In Victorian times all along the south coast of England including Hastings and at other resorts all over the country, locals were required to wear full body bathing costumes including hats and be drawn down to the sea in horse driven caravans to change clothes before entering the sea - something we would find most peculiar and antiquated today.

The behaviour of some French authorities causes unnecessary and unwelcome antagonism during these sensitive times.

I hope that common sense is applied and that members of all faiths are allowed to dress in respect of their beliefs without such harassment and intolerance.

Nigel Sheahan

Chiltern Drive


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