Re: "Justice shoudn't defend niqab," Letters, Jan. 16.
It is amazing that The Canadian Supreme Court is ignorant of the fact that the wearing of the niqab, burka, etc., by Muslim women is not a religious dictate, but one made by men to subjugate women and enslave them making them nonentities. It is an ethnic cultural issue, not religious.
I was aghast when I read the decision by the Supreme Court and could not believe that this was happening in Canada.
As Alan Haliday rightly says in his letter, permitting a crucial witness to cover her face denies the accused his right to a free and fair trial. I cannot believe that the Supreme Court (based on incorrect information) has given a judge the authority to subvert justice. Perhaps, the case should be moved to a country where women are forced to cover their faces and subverting justice is a daily affair.
Women are as tempted as men are when they see something desirable, why are Muslim men not covering their faces so as not to tempt women? Or is this a one-way street where men make the rules and women have to abide by them, whether they like it or not?
Glen Heredia Richmond