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Hijab, Miniskirt: Bad For Your Health

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The miniskirt is again falling victim to secular Central Asian governments' ongoing battle against the Islamic hijab.

Uzbek officials have said that Islamic hijab as well as European-style tight-fitting, revealing clothes are "alien" to Uzbek culture.

Speaking in a 25-minute long, prime-time television program aired this week, Uzbek officials and doctors cited health and security reasons to condemn both the hijab and the miniskirt.

"Some religious extremist women carried guns under their hijab," warned an official from the state religious committee in the television program called "Tahdid" ("Threat"). 

The hijab can also cause oxygen and calcium deficiencies, warned doctors. As for women who wear miniskirts, they were advised to dress with "moderation" to prevent susceptibility to all kinds of infections and other unspecified health problems.

The long-suffering miniskirt first came under attack in neighboring Tajikistan by education authorities whose real target was the Islamic headscarf. They officially banned the hijab and European-style clothes in schools, advocating instead Tajik traditional dress. 

However, in Tajikistan it was widely believed that the miniskirt was just a smokescreen to protect the Education Ministry from all kinds of criticism.

But Tajik women could offer some advice to their Uzbek neighbors by telling them "don't pack away your miniskirts just yet."

Because, while a number of Tajik girls were excluded from schools and universities in the past two years for refusing to take off their hijabs, no one so far has been expelled or barred from schools for wearing miniskirts. 

-- Farangis Najibullah

Tags: Tajikistan,miniskirt

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by: Brazilain Man from: São Paulo - SP - Brazil
February 25, 2009 16:53
Poor is the people who live in a country whose government controls what kind of clothing they must or must not wear.

by: mehleem
February 27, 2009 01:48
As far as i know,the Sun light is much needed for the body to produce vitamin D. It goes that it can make your life better longer ,the Sun light i mean , by all that it can do for the body. So in Muslim countries they have to replace that lack of direct sunlight, right? Or it is a childish point of view?

by: Aysha
March 19, 2009 21:57
This is ridiculous how government cannot control the education system in the region, but completely looks through it at so called &quot;Islamization issue&quot; and tell what should students/girls wear and not, which does not make any sense. Central Asian countries do not have a proper education as it used to. There is a high gender discrimination case going on right now. Women have less access to education due to conservatism of their own family members and/or their attitude towards Islam ( which is a personal choice matter). Moreover, there is an issue of male to female sex ratio disbalance in Central Asia ( Uzbekistan and Tajikistan at most) that may lead to the increasing number of polygamous marriages. <br />If to continue, many more issues are coherent to what is going on right now and if not the Education Ministry can do anything about all this, then why don't the government proposes a bill instead that prohibits the &quot;headscarves&quot; at all, than insulting poor girls at Universities and schools by taking their headscarves off.<br />

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