UK Police Criticized for Muslim Veiling Exercise

British police have been criticized for an exercise in which two female officers spent the day in full-body veils to learn about Islam.

British media say the South Yorkshire Police dressed three
female officers in conservative Muslim attire and sent them walking
around the northern city of Sheffield as part of
community-relations activity.

A picture published on the Mail Online Web site showed two
wearing niqabs - full-body black veil with eye slits. The photo
showed a third wearing a black head scarf.

Britain's Taxpayers' Alliance calls the exercise an "absurd
diversion."

It was unclear from the reports when the exercise took place. A
message seeking comment from the police force late Monday was not
immediately returned.


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