The Scotts aren’t the first inhabitants of the British Isles to press for Muslim women in the police force. London’s Metropolitan Police approved a uniform hijab over ten years ago. Of course, Fahad Bashir, chairman of the SPMA feels it’s a good move.
“Anything that can help increase diversity within the service is surely to be welcomed and I don’t see why anyone would have any problem with that,” Brian Docherty, chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, told TheScotsman.
Police Scotland put a questionnaire to the Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA) to find way of accommodating Islamic needs and values into the force.
Fahad Bashir, chair of the SPMA, said the creation of a Police Scotland hijab was a “step in the right direction”.
He said: “It’s not just about the hijab, but any religious headwear. It’s a productive thing on behalf of Police Scotland to make the organisation be seen to be inclusive.”
At the end of the day, the real question is, why is this even an issue? If nobody’s stopping Muslim women from joining the police force, maybe they just don’t want to. Like the issue of gender bias in America, maybe it boils down to the fact that women just don’t want to do certain jobs. Religion has nothing to do with it.