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Muslim Woman Targeted By Online Trolls After Boris’ Burka Remarks

10 August 2018

Mr Johnson has resisted calls to say sorry after writing in his Daily Telegraph column that face coverings are "ridiculous" and "weird", and that women who wear them look like bank robbers and letter boxes.

"[Prime Minister] Theresa May must condemn this blatant Islamophobia and Boris Johnson must apologise".

She said: "I also know that many other people believe strongly that in the whole of the article, what Mr Johnson appears to have been attempting to do was to say that there shouldn't be a ban and that he was engaging in a legitimate debate".

In the first instance, Johnson - a leading figure of in the campaign to Leave the European Union - will be scrutinised by a party investigator.

Ms Faifi, who wears niqab, a veil which leaves the eyes uncovered, said she could "empathise" with people who find it hard to connect with women whose full faces they cannot see.

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A party spokesperson said on that the code of conduct process is "strictly confidential".

Lord Sheikh, the founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum, said an apology would not be enough and said Mr Johnson should be stripped of the Tory whip.

Boris who said women in burkas looked like "letterboxes" and "bank robbers" has refused to apologise and has said it is an attack on his Free Speech. Johnson added: "If a constituent came to my MP's surgery with her face obscured, I should feel fully entitled - like Jack Straw - to ask her to remove it so that I could talk to her properly".

Many other leaders and members of Parliament expressed their outrage at Johnson's remarks, and demanded the former foreign secretary apologize.

It said Islamophobia was "heavily gendered" with white men carrying out nearly three quarters of verified incidents past year, while Muslim women made up more than half of victims.

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"The women who wear the niqab and report into us clearly report to us they are called telephone boxes, letter boxes, bin bags, when they are abused and when they are assaulted".

A statement issued by the group said: "In 2005, Boris Johnson said, "Islam is the problem" and 'Islamophobia is a natural reaction'".

"These were offensive comments but clever politics", she said.

She told Premier Mr Johnson's comments have already had a negative impact on communities.

"Any clothing a woman is forced to wear which hides both her beauty and her bruises should be banned and have no place in our liberal, progressive country", she said.

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Muslim Woman Targeted By Online Trolls After Boris’ Burka Remarks