The Danish Home Guard, a home defence corps of thousands of volunteer soldiers, has become embroiled in a dispute about Muslim headscarves after it allowed a Maria Mawla , a Muslim woman of Lebanese origins to complete a training course wearing the Hijab.
This lead to major controversy after an article about Ms.Mawla was published on eth Home Guard website sparking a strong reaction form the right wing Danish People’s Party.
In a Parliament session the Danish People’s party demanded the Home Guard either enforce the uniform code or tell Ms Mawla to find another job.
Soren Gade, the Defence Minister of Denmark, has informed Parliament that Muslim women working in the Danish armed forces will not be allowed to wear their traditional headscarves anymore while on duty.
Mr. Gade said, “I find wearing for example a headscarf, to be incompatible with a military uniform. Both in the regular defence forces and the Home Guard.”
However Maria Mawla said “I feel it’s really discriminating, and it makes me feel like a bad citizen.” she told a Danish newspaper.
Is the Danish army right to ban the headscarf for Muslim women on duty?