Voltaire once said, “We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilization.” This can’t be more true now, as Scotland Police announced that the hijab will become part of its official uniform to promote diversity and tolerance in its civilization.
The spokesperson of the Police force said, “this move will encourage women from Muslim communities, who may previously not have seen policing as a career option, to reconsider.” In 2001, the Metropolitan Police had introduced hijab in the force’s official uniform with the similar intention.
“I am delighted to make this announcement”
Phil Gormley, the chief constable said in his statement, “I am delighted to make this announcement and welcome the support from both the Muslim community, and the wider community, as well as police officers and staff. ”
He further added, “Like many other employers, especially in the public sector, we are working towards ensuring our service is representative of the communities we serve. I hope that this addition to our uniform options will contribute to making our staff mix more diverse and adds to the life skills, experiences and personal qualities that our officers and staff bring to policing the communities of Scotland.”
Fahd Bashir, the chairperson of Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA) and also Fiyaz Mughal the founder and director of Measuring Anti-Muslim attack (MAMA) both welcomed this change and said it will help link the Muslim community with the larger civilization.
Fiyaz Mughal called this, “a hugely positive Step.” Explaining his point he said, “Police Scotland obviously understand that their workforce has to reflect the population that they serve,” he also said “It means that more Muslim women may see the police as a possible route for a career [now that] it is seen to be inclusive.”
As per Guardian the Police Scotland reports 71 charges relating to Islamophobic hate crime from 2014 to 2015 and in the week following the Paris attack last November, they were 64 reports. This of course, is a highly concerning and it’s hoped that such positive changes will have a deeper impact and reduce this numbers and save lives.
“necessary, appropriate and proportionate”
This comes as a positive news in the week which saw a French Police making a Muslim mother strip at a Nice beach because she was wearing the banned burkini. This created a huge uproar on the internet mostly because of the way this was handled. The French Mayor had said this is important to “protect the population and called the ban “necessary, appropriate and proportionate.” He said that the burkini was, “liable to offend the religious convictions or (religious) non-convictions of other users of the beach,” and “be felt as a defiance or a provocation exacerbating tensions felt by” the community.
We hope this move by the Scoltand Police drive some sanity to the French law makers and give the French Muslims the liberty to excercise their basic right of Freedom. Well done Scott!