Yet another restriction on covered women has been introduced by the İstanbul Bar Association: Legal practitioners in İstanbul have been forbidden from wearing wigs in order to prevent pious law graduates from covering their hair, Today's Zaman reported.
It is illegal in Turkey for women who wear headscarves to enter university campuses and government buildings. Wearing wigs has been a favorite measure to resort to for such women.
However, the İstanbul Bar has announced in a written statement that it will no longer allow legal practitioners to wear wigs. The statement was hung on a bulletin board at a building where aspiring attorneys receive their licenses to practice law.
According to the statement, the decision was made by the Executive Committee of the Center for Legal Practice (SEM) on Feb. 4. The decision has sent many students wondering whether the black robe of lawyers, which is another garment worn by some devout Muslims, will also be banned.
"A lawyer should, before anything else, be honest, have a real identity [be recognizable] and act in compliance with rules and his/her vocational loyalty. Therefore, we have decided through a unanimous vote to appeal to the Executive Board of the İstanbul Bar to prevent headscarved legal practitioners who hide their headscarves under wigs from receiving an education and preventing their enrollment at training course at our bar," the statement said.
Association of Lawyers President Kamil Uğur Yaralı stated that they found the decision an utterly ideological one and far from being based on law.
"These people have assumed the mission of fighting with headscarved citizens as a sacred principle. Even a fight should be ethical. What will they do? Stand at the door and pull the hair of everyone who wants to enter the building to see whether it's a wig or genuine hair? This is completely unacceptable and preposterous."
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