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After Scotland and Canada, Turkey also approves Hijab as part of women’s police uniform

Female officers ‘will be able to cover their heads’ under their caps or berets for the first time

The focus on Muslim women’s attire continues to make headlines, this time again for the right reasons. Scotland’s Police Force and Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police recently passed permission to allow Muslim women to wear Hijab as part of their police uniform. Now, Turkey has been able to get rid of a ban on Hijab in the police force – one which was put under the secular rule of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Female police officers “will be able to cover their heads” under their caps or berets with a headscarf “the same colour as the uniform and without pattern” while on duty, the official gazette and AFP reported on Saturday.

Rulings published in the official gazette come into force immediately. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) has long pressed for the removal of restrictions on women wearing the headscarf in the officially secular state.

In 2010, an official ban on headscarves in universities was lifted throughout the country. Three years later, women were allowed to wear the hijab in state institutions and the prohibition was abandoned for students in high schools in 2014. Though, the ban still remains on female judges and soldiers.

Erdogan’s critics have long accused the president of eating away at the secular pillars of modern Turkey as set up by its founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk when he established the Turkish republic in 1923.

But pro-government media pointed out that several Western states have already granted female officers permission to wear the headscarf.

Written by Adeel Malik

Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Scotland and ethnically Pakistani, Adeel primes himself to be a multicultural individual. With Secondary education from Diocesan Boys' School in Hong Kong combined with Post-Graduate Diploma in Education in English Language, he envisions a bright future for Muslims which he strongly believes can only be done with education.

His hobbies include social media networking about Islam, politics and entertainment. Being a Pakistani, cricket is in the blood as they say, while being a Muslim, the hunger for gaining authentic knowledge, implementing it and spreading it remains his every day endeavors.

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