9 May 2002

Malaysia to Crack Down on Ads Showing Women Without Head Coverings

Authorities in a Malaysian state ruled by the opposition Islamic party say they will crack down on advertisements that show women without their heads covered.
A government spokesman in Kelantan state says businesses have been warned that they will be fined if they display pictures of women without headscarves.
The eastern state, ruled by the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, has had laws banning the depiction of women without head coverings in advertising since 1992, but reports say those laws have rarely been enforced.
Islam requires women to dress in a manner that conveys modesty, although interpretations of how much of the body should be covered vary.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.