Rochdale niqab discussion

The wearing of a religious veil will be discussed at a conference in Rochdale. The niqab covers a Muslim woman's head and face. Members of the community will have the chance to speak to women who wear the niqab.

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Niqab discussion held by Rochdale Community Forum

A single, often black, piece of cloth has become the centre of much discussion and media frenzy of late such that some MP’s have called for a ‘national debate’ on it.

Some call it a barrier to communication, an impediment to dialogue and cohesion and others call it a risk to our national security.

The niqab is proudly adopted as a symbol of religious observance by many members of our local community whilst others will feel somewhat uncomfortable around this apparel.

– Rochdale Community Forum

Rochdale community discuss wearing of the niqab

Two women in Blackburn both wearing a niqab
The niqab covers a Muslim woman's head and face apart from the eyes. Credit: PA

The wearing of a religious veil will be discussed at a conference in Rochdale. The niqab covers a Muslim woman's head and face apart from the eyes, but not the entire body. Members of the community will have the chance to speak to women who wear the niqab.