The muslim husband of the first woman in Europe to be fined for wearing a burka has said he will never allow her out of the house again.
Ben Salah Braim, the 36-year-old husband of Amel Marmouri (26) said he would not allow Amel out of the house without the head-to-toe covering because he doesn’t want other men to see his wife.
Amel Marmouri was given a fine of 500 euros when she went into an Italian post office in the town on Novara covered in the head-to-toe garment.
After the fine her husband said that although it’s not ‘against his religion’ for Amel to go outside he will force her to stay inside.
“I can’t have other men looking at her” he said.
The fine was imposed under Italian anti-terrorist laws that were introduced in the 1970s. After the country was attacked by terrorists, it was made illegal to be seen in public buildings such as banks, post offices, town halls and offce blocks with your face covered.
The mayor of the Italian town Novara, Massimo Giordano, implemented local laws to ban any form of clothing that would prevent “immediate identification of the wearer in public buildings, schools and hospitals”.
Mayor Giordano belongs to the Northern League Party which campaigns for restricted immigration. Of the ban on clothing which covers the face and prevents identification, Mr Giordano said:
“I signed the new regulations for reasons of security but also so that people who come to live in our city are aware of and respect our traditions. The regulations in Novara specifically cover people wearing clothing that prevents them from being identified in a public place and a post office is a public place. This would also apply to a motorcyclist who walked into a post office wearing a crash helmet. The people of Novara do not want to see people walking around in the city wearing a burka. This is the only way to stop behaviour that makes the already difficult process of integration even harder.”
Interestingly, a number of muslim groups in Italy commented that Italian laws must be respected.
Imam Izzedin Elzir, who is the President of the Islamic Community and Organisations Union in Italy, also said his organisation supports women’s rights:
“We are for the freedom of women and against veils of any kind and Italian laws must be respected. We as an organisation have always said that we are against face veils or coverings in Italy because the law of recognition has to be observed.”
Those comments can only be welcomed in the battle against young men like Ben Salah Braim who view their wives as property that they own – objects without rights or interests.
The Italian state must now prosecute Ben Salah Braim if he imprisons Amel Marmouri in their home. Not to do so would be an abject failure to defend this young woman’s rights. If the Italian courts are to ban her from going into public buildings wearing the burka they must also ban her husband from keeping her prisoner in her own home.