Campaign against veiling young girls launched in Morocco
A Moroccan rights organization launched an awareness campaign against the veiling of young girls, describing it as a major form of child abuse. Under the slogan "So that girls won’t live in eternal darkness,” the Center for Woman’s Equality launched a campaign that aims to counter the phenomenon of forcing girls between the ages of three and 10 to wear the headscarf.
In its statement obtained by Al Arabiya, the center called upon all human rights organizations as well as legislative bodies to join this campaign against what they termed "a flagrant violation of innocence and childhood.”
"Girls at this age know nothing about religion and what is prohibited and what is not,” said the statement.
The statement added that making girls wear the veil at a very young age threatens their psychological stability and therefore ruins the coming generations and an entire society.
In addition to the role that needs to be played by the government and rights organizations, the statement stressed the important of religious bodies.
"Islamic bodies need to interfere to make things clear and tell people that forcing young girls to wear the veil is not part of Islam.” (...)