UK Independence Party (UKIP), a far-right political party in United Kingdom wants to ban burqa due to various reasons, and one of the reasons listed in its general election manifesto is that wearing burqa prevents absorption of key nutrient Vitamin D. An excerpt from the election manifesto published by UKIP reads, “Clothing that hides identity, puts up barriers to communication, limits employment opportunities, hides evidence of domestic abuse, and prevents intake of essential vitamin D from sunlight, is not liberating.” It may be recalled that Paul Nuttall-led UKIP had broken all ties with other prominent parties in UK and had decided to launch its own national campaign soon after the Manchester concert bombing, in which 22 people were killed.
The UKIP election manifesto also says that wearing burqa acts as a barrier to cultural integration, which is why it should be banned. It said that burqa is de-humanizing and a symbol of segregation and oppression. The manifesto also pointed out to the security risks associated with people wearing burqa. “There is no human right to conceal your identity. If anything prevents liberty, it is the niqab, by preventing women from being perceived as individuals in their own right,” the manifesto reads.