It's not the only religion that has the more conservative factions of the faith dressing modestly, but Islam is the most extreme and hypocritical of the lot. I can understand adults wanting to dress modestly in a hyper-sexualized world that often objectifies women, but why do some Muslims dress their children in hijab? There's something terribly obscene about putting a veil on an innocent three year old child, but it happens, and a Moroccan human rights group is trying to change that. Calling it "major child abuse", the Center for Woman's Equality (CWE) is trying to put a stop to little girls (from three to ten) being forced to wear the hijab.
Their slogan is “So that girls won’t live in eternal darkness,” and they're asking for help from all human rights organizations to put an end to what they deem:
“a flagrant violation of innocence and childhood.” “Girls at this age know nothing about religion and what is prohibited and what is not."
According to the statement by the CWE, forcing young girls to wear a headscarf can scar them for life, and as result this can have a negative impact on society. They believe that the only way to combat the phenomenon of early age hijab is for rights groups, along with the government, to partner with religious entities to tackle the problem.
“Islamic bodies need to interfere to make things clear and tell people that forcing young girls to wear the veil is not part of Islam.”
Mariam, a 10-year-old girl, said her father, an imam at a mosque forced her to wear the headscarf.
“He said that it will protect me from harassment,” she told Al Arabiya.
Asmaa, also 10, said her mother, a teacher at an Islamic school, forced her to wear the veil because it is a religious obligation.
“She said I have to get used to it while I am still young, otherwise I would go to hell,” she told Al Arabiya.
Sociologist Karima Wadghiri believes it's a violation of children's rights and creates an unhealthy attitude towards their bodies.
“They will start associating their bodies to shame which has to be hidden and this view contradicts the true essence of Islam,” she said.
Wadghiri added that when they grow up these girls will confuse conservatism with fanaticism and liberalism with immorality.
“Their inability to distinguish between those concepts will put them in a constant state of confusion and eventually drive them to isolate themselves from the outside world.”
The girls’ conflict will be taken from the personal to the public level and will have a negative effect on the entire society, she said.
“Society will later be divided not on class or financial status as is usually the case, but on religious and ideological basis.”
No wonder they're so screwed up.
However, there's something equally obscene about how some people dress their young girls in the West. All you have to do is watch some of those kiddie beauty pageants to see that sexualizing little girls by dressing them like adults is as offensive as dressing little Muslim girls like their adult counterparts. Let little girls be little girls. Let them keep their innocence. Dress them in little girl clothes and let them make the choice when they are adults, when they are fully aware of how their appearance affects others.