Coming as a surprise to many, the Scottish government has permitted Scotland’s Muslim female police officers to wear hijabs as part of their official uniform.
In places like France, women are being harassed for wearing their Burkinis and hijabs. This is because of the rampant exploits of Islamic extremists in Europe and eventually all parts of the world.
It will be noted that Muslim women do not compromise on their religiously approved and obliged attire. Even at the just concluded Olympics in Rio, Muslim female athletes competed in the international games all covered up as demanded by their religion.
Seconding Scotland’s move in tolerating elements of the Islamic religion in the police force is Canada. Both countries have decided not to make women who could be assets to the force bear the brunt of misguided extremists.
Chief Constable Phil Gormley, said:
“Like many other employers, especially in the public sector, we are working towards ensuring our service is representative of the communities we serve.”
In the light of inclusiveness the Scottish police force discovered that just 2.6% of 4,809 applications to join the force were from people with ethnic backgrounds.
The hijab permit however comes with the condition that it has to be approved by senior staff members. The Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA) has found the permit announcement very welcoming. Fahad Bashir, chair of the SPMA also said:
“No doubt this will encourage more women from Muslim and minority ethnic backgrounds to join Police Scotland.”
Just as in the case of the French Burkini ban, some are for the idea while some others are not.
The Burkini was invented by a 48-year-old female Muslim inventor, Aheda Zanetti. whose aim was to help Muslim women be comfortable at beach activities and event. With the outfit, they are able to swim without defying their religious obligations.
The approval for Scotland’s Muslim female police officers to wear hijabs might not be welcomed by everyone.
A part of the argument sees the good in permitting the women express their religious rights. The other part of the argument have not forgotten that the Islamic attire has been a perfect guise for terrorist men and women alike to operate in several parts of the world.
The first hijab wearing female police officer is Kadra Mohamed from Minnesota. 21-year Kadra is the first Somali female officer. She has become an inspiration for Muslim women to see the option in the police force.
It is hoped that this official act of inclusiveness by the Scottish government will increase the toll of Scotland’s Muslim female police officers.