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Ayatollah Khomeini's daughter asks President Chirac to annul law against Hijab

Late Imam Khomeini's elder daughter Ms. Zahra Mostafavi in a letter to the French President Jacques Chirac asked him to interfere to ease off some of the pressures imposed against Muslim girls in French schools, and not to let such restrictions become strict laws, IRNA reported from Tehran.

In Mostafavi's open letter, that is also addressed to a group of scientific, cultural, academic and political personalities and officials of certain Islamic and non-Islamic countries, she has expressed deep surprise over the French government's move in that respect, that is in direct contrast with personal liberties always propagated in France.

The letter the text of which was published in Ettela'at Persian daily's Wednesday edition, adds, "The Islamic attire of Muslim ladies has once again become the talk of the day in French mass media for a while, but the difference this time is that prohibition of wearing the Islamic Hijab at France's academic centers is going to become a law this time."

The late Imam's daughter has expressed deep concern over the restrictions that might be imposed against the Muslim ladies following the passage of such a law in France.

Elsewhere in the letter, she says, "Such worries should not have existed regarding the social developments in France, where respecting the personal and religious liberties are a part of the value of the French culture."

Ms. Mostafavi adds, "Now, if a French Muslim lady will not be able to wear her dress the way she chooses to, including scarf, that is a sign of cultural pluralism, that will be a cause to be really surprised."

The letter adds, "since based on the European conventions of the human rights, of which France, too, is a member, religious liberty is a recognized right for all French citizens, imposing restrictions against the observation of just one such liberty in your country is quite an unfortunate move."

It is reiterated in the letter, "While France's strong anti-war stand in the case of the recent Iraq war gained the praise and admiration of the whole Islamic world, it is a big pity that the good reputation of France is thus being ruined, while it is so easy to save."

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