Hijab as defined on Wikipedia is
A hijab is the head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women and modest Muslim styles of dress in general.
This word has been very much in the news in Europe especially France where the government has taken special interest in placing restrictions on women using hijab. They have already placed restrictions on using hijab in government schools and offices and now the French President wants to place the restriction in public places and parks. Well, France is a sovereign country and is free to making it’s own laws but if the law makers just consider that hijab is just another cloth available in the market which a woman can choose of her own free will to wear or not then it should not be a problem at all.
My personal take is that France is a democratic country and people should have the right to choose what they should wear in a democratic country. When the French government does not have a problem with French women wearing skimpy clothes in public then it should not object to women who choose of their free will to cover up.
A friend of mine sent me an email giving a nice example of hijab vs no hijab and I have added it here for your viewing.
Can it really be explained better than this classic example of hijab vs. no hijab?