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LETTER:Protective garb

From Mrs K. L. Boukeras

Sir: I am writing to you in disbelief at the comments made by Ruth Dudley Edwards, regarding Muslim women's clothing (Diary, 5 June). To compare hejabs, which can cost up to pounds 250 each, to "black bin-liners" is both insulting and ridiculous. The whole point of wearing an overcoat is to protect us from the sexual comments, harassment and abuse that Western women suffer in their "liberated" clothing.

As a convert to Islam myself, I now realise that looking like a bin-bag is far preferable to looking like the trash that is stored in one.

Yours faithfully,


London, SE8