Saturday, 6 June 2015

The Haredi Burqa Sect, or the ‘Taliban Women’ as Israeli media sometimes calls them , has a few hundred members. It was created by a woman, Bruria Keren, who said: “I follow these rules of modesty to save men from themselves. A man who sees a woman’s body parts is sexually aroused, and this might cause him to commit sin. Even if he doesn’t actually sin physically, his impure thoughts are sin in themselves.” 
In 2008, Keren was arrested on charges of severely abusing her children. Yet, more and more women are choosing to abide by her standards of modesty. These women cover themselves, barely leave their houses and don’t speak to men. They wear many layers of clothes underneath a burqa or a shawl. Their daughters must also be covered. According to the sect, women should be invisible. And underneath their many layers of clothing, sweating and silent — they are.


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