A former interior minister in the cabinet of UK Prime Minister David Cameron stirred up another controversy regarding Islamic scarves on Sunday, when he advised the government to ban Muslim women from wearing a veil in British courts while giving a statement.

Ken Clarke, a minister who used to work as a criminal barrister, said that he found the traditional female Islamic dress 'a most peculiar costume for people to adopt in the 21st century'.

"I think we do need a clear rule. I don't think a witness should be allowed to give evidence from behind a veil," Clarke said during an interview with BBC radio.

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