Ok, Dev. You go first
Another quite interesting point, not about the burka but about the hijab is that it is a very recent invention and has nothing at all to do with traditional Islam.http://www.michaeltotten.com/2010/01/qu ... -day-8.php
Radical Islam's obsession with covering women's hair is a new phenomenon. In 1981, Abol-Hassan Banisadr, the first president of the Islamic Republic, announced that scientific research had shown that women's hair emits rays that drive men insane with lust. To protect the public, the new regime passed legislation in 1982 making the new form of hijab mandatory for all females above six years of age, regardless of religious faith. Violating the hijab code is punishable by one hundred lashes of the cane and six months imprisonment. By the mid-1980s, a form of hijab never seen in Islam before the 1970s had become standard headgear for millions of Muslim women all over the world, including Europe and North America. Many younger women, especially Western converts, were duped into believing that the neo-hijab is an essential part of the Islamic faith.
by Amir Taheri from The Persian Night: Iran under the Khomeinist Revolution