The fact remains that some women are beaten and sometimes killed by male family members for not complying with strict cultural traditions in the Muslim community. This must be considered a deterrent to acting independently. That means, in this country, they have fewer equal rights than the rest of us and that entitles them to the protection of the law. Of course I understand that some young women take the veil as a rebellion against a liberal upbringing or as an emblem of political activism. It is complex but surely not unfathomable.
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