Claims by a Gwent MP that the Islamic tradition requiring women to wear face and head coverings is "an excuse for sexual violence against women" have been branded "ridiculous" by a faith leader.

Speaking during a Parliamentary debate on violence against women and girls on Wednesday, April 27, Monmouth MP David Davies said the wearing of a burka and niqab – or face covering – sent out the message that women are "property" of their husbands or male relatives.

The Conservative MP added he was concerned the practice also offered men an "excuse" to sexually attack uncovered women.

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