An ex-Muslim woman has described how she ran away from home after her mother had spent years forcing her to wear a niqab.
The apostate, who writes an atheist blog, courageously told her story at the Secular Party of Australia’s Losing Your Religion conference in Melbourne earlier this month.
The woman, who chose to remain anonymous to protect her identity, told the audience her Muslim-convert mother removed her from school when he was in her early teens.
‘She did not deem the school environment as an Islamic one and it was time for me to learn how to be the perfect Muslim wife and mother,’ she said in her speech, which was also posted on her blog site The Nullifidian.
‘At thirteen she “encouraged” me to put on the niqab which I wore until the night I left home.’
After years of being forced to cover her face, she detests the Islamic garb which originated in Saudi Arabia.
‘I hate the niqab. It is one of the most dehumanising and alienating pieces of clothing a woman can wear,’ she said.
hat-tip Scott of the Pacific