The Reversal Of Burkini Ban – An Analysis

Burkini-FranceWith the ban on burkini being overturned, there was an overflow of different opinions on the issue. The France’s supreme administrative judiciary stated on a Friday that the ban on swimsuit will no longer be enforced in the coastal city of Villeneuve-Loubet. This momentous decision on the reversal of the ban in the story has gathered worldwide attention across different boundaries. Though the law on burkini swimsuit was overturned only in one city but, this decision stands as a legal example for similar law reversals in 26 different cities of France that has forbidden the use of swimsuit as preferred by certain Muslims.

burkini-ban-in-french-beach-town-reversed-by-supreme-courtIn the coastal city of Villeneuve, there were no associated public risks with the use of burkini swimsuit. The burkini just remained a bathing garment being preferred by many people for its convenience. With the absence of risks to the public and society, the mayor was unable to implement a ban on the burkini swimsuit. Hence, the judiciary council of the State of France expelled the ban and granted the right of entry to beach and bathing with a burkini. This decision by the supreme judiciary board has reversed the decision of a lower court which found the ban on a burkini to be appropriate.

A woman wearing a burkini walks in the water August 27, 2016 on a beach in Marseille, France, the day after the country's highest administrative court suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has outraged Muslims and opened divisions within the government, pending a definitive ruling. REUTERS/Stringer

On hearing about the reversal of law, certain politicians took it to their advantage and fought to sustain the ban on a burkini. Mayor David retorted against the removal of the ban and stated that the ban on burkini would be enforced in his city as the supreme judiciary order was considered relevant only for the city of Villeneuve. London mayor Sadiq Khan who was on a political visit found the ban irrelevant in spite of being a Muslim. He expressed his views stating that women should have the liberty to wear a garment of their choice. Thus, this issue is expected to surface prominently during the presidential election of France.

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