British Prime Minister David Cameron has been hit with a Twitter storm after he recently suggested that ‘learning English’ will help tackle the ‘traditional submissiveness of Muslim women’.
“If you are not able to speak English, not able to integrate, you may find therefore you have challenges understanding what your identity is and therefore you could be more susceptible to the extremist message,” he had said.
Hundreds of women across the United Kingdom along with the author of celebrated novel ‘Love in a Headscarf’, Shelina Janmohamed, were offended by his portrayal of Muslim women and came up with the hashtag #TraditionallySubmissive to counter his comments.
His remarks drew responses from women of all ages, from young students to mothers and grandmothers. They posted pictures of themselves and their achievements to politely put the British prime minister straight.
Cameron’s comments also drew criticism from Muslim groups and opposition parties.
Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, which campaigns for better community relations, accused Cameron of “disgraceful stereotyping.”
“David Cameron and his Conservative government are once again using British Muslims as a political football to score cheap points to appear tough,” he added.
British home affairs spokesperson Andy Burnham of Labour party, accused Cameron of a “clumsy and simplistic approach” which was “unfairly stigmatising a whole community.”