We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – the burka is, from both a security and cultural aspect, unacceptable on our streets.
Only a few years ago the Indian media described how a wanted Muslim terrorist escaped from a besieged mosque in that country by wearing a burka and passing himself off as a fleeing woman.
However we do not need to venture as far as New Delhi to find a further example of “burka abuse”.
It was reported earlier thais week that six men armed with axes carried out a “smash-and-grab” raid at a prestigious London department store.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the robbers, reportedly dressed in burkas, smashed glass cabinets to steal high value watches in Selfridges.
The well-known Oxford Street store has since tweeted that no-one was hurt in Tuesday’s robbery.
Intervention by members of the public resulted in two members of the gang being detained until police arrived to arrest them.
One witness said that he heard a moped crashing just under a mile away from Selfridges and saw one man dressed in full motorcycle gear while a second man dressed in a burka fell on to the ground.
The witness described how he then saw a man run out from a nearby pizza restaurant and pin down one of the two people..
he went on to say: “When cops turned up they put him in the back of a van and he was kicking and screaming,”
One of the arrested men remains in hospital with a fractured leg and the other is in police custody.
Once again we ask – how long will it be before the burka is used as cover for acts of terrorism on our streets?
The fact remains that not only does the garb provide perfect cover for criminals in respect of identification avoidance but also provides relative immunity from stop-and-search questioning by police ever fearful of causing “offence” to those prone to taking “offence”.
The authorities should act now to ban the burka – if for no other reason than that of public safety.