School uniforms encourage rape, pre-marital sex: Malaysian group

May 22nd, 2008 - 4:14 pm ICT by admin  


Kuala Lumpur, May 22 (IANS) A Malaysian students’ body has said the uniform worn by girls in government-run schools distracted men, and encouraged rape and pre-marital sex. “The white blouse is too transparent for girls and it becomes a source of attraction,” National Islamic Students Association of Malaysia vice-president Munirah Bahari said in a statement.

“It becomes a distraction to men, who are drawn to it, whether or not they like looking at it,” she said, calling for a review of the uniform policy so that it does not violate Islamic ideals.

She criticised the girls, saying that some used the white blouse “to lure men”, The Star newspaper reported Thursday.

“This is the source of the problem, where we can see that schoolgirls themselves are capable of using this to attract men to them. This could see them getting molested, having premarital sex and all sorts of things,” Bahari said.

In multicultural Malaysia, home to majority-Muslim Malays as well as ethnic Chinese and Indians, girl students in government schools have a choice of wearing a white blouse with a knee-length skirt or pinafore.

They may also wear a baju kurung, the traditional Malay dress, and a headscarf is optional for Malay students.

Bahari said that “covering up” according to Islamic precepts was important to fend off social ills, including “rape, sexual harassment and even premarital sex”.

“This leads to babies born out of wedlock and, to an extent, even prostitution,” she said.

“Decent clothes, which are not revealing, can prevent and protect women from any untoward situations,” she said, suggesting that girls wear a blouse of a different colour.

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