Every religion sticks to certain practices which are not relevant in modern age. Some religions are so rigidly attached to such practices that they won’t compromise on them, come what may. Any attempt to violate or disobey the religious codes which include the dress you wear will be dealt with severely. But interestingly most of the dos and don’ts are applicable to women.
Since religion is a sensitive issue the matters relating to it have to be handled sensibly. Your intention may be good but the way you want to bring about the changes often meet with loud protest till you drop the idea. The burqa affair in France would not have triggered a heated debate if it were handled sensibly. There is a tendency among people to violate the rules imposed by the government but on the other hand if there was no compulsion, those concerned may not be keen on adhering to these religious practices. The pity is that most of the religions are more concerned about the material aspects rather than the spiritual part of the religions.