A burkini is a type of modesty swimsuit for women. Originally designed in Australia by Aheda Zanetti, the suit covers the whole body except the face, the hands, and the feet, while being light enough for swimming. The design is intended to respect Islamic traditions of modest dress, but its acceptability is debated.
A woman was wearing Burkini- with her children at West Wave pool in Henderson, Auckland, on Saturday morning.
A witness said the mother was approached by a lifeguard and asked to leave for breaching the pool’s policy on swimwear.
‘They had their kids with them, they were supervising their kids. Then one woman went into the pool with her kids and that’s when she was singled out by the lifeguard and told to leave,’ the woman told the New Zealand Herald.
“They were wearing a burkini that was covering the head right down to the arms and legs. It’s a full cover, but it’s tog material,” the woman said.
‘It just felt very public and very singled out. Another man in the pool tried to talk to the lifeguard too. It was very upsetting to see.’
Auckland Council has apologized to a burkini-clad Muslim woman who was told to leave a public pool at the weekend.
Auckland Council’s acting head of active recreation Jane Aickin told the Herald the incident was “unacceptable” and that all swimwear was allowed at Auckland pools.
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