Whenever there is discussion about the burqa, all such discussion is immediately shut down with people putting their fingers in their ears and shouting "choice" and "religious freedom" and refusing to hear anything else.
However, the fact is that a Muslim woman wearing a burqa is not a personal choice. It may oftentimes (especially in the west) be masqueraded as a personal choice, but in practice it's not.
In Islamic religion and culture, the burqa is a symbol of submission to Islam and Allah, and a sign of purity and modesty. Moreover, not wearing a burqa is in many Islamic cultures a sign that the woman is a prostitute, or at the very least not chaste.
In the most totalitarian Islamic countries a woman not wearing a burqa in public leads to punishment. Even in more liberal Islamic countries it's usually taken as a sign of the woman not being chaste, in other words a "slut", if not outright a prostitute. In many of these countries women who do not wear the burqa are treated like "sluts". Even in the very best cases the attitudes are disrespectful and very sexist. In the worst case scenarios we are talking about brutal rape.
In the west many Islamic communities will outright shun, shame and even punish behind doors any Muslim woman who does not wear the burqa. They are considered sinful and shameful, and essentially sluts.
Women in these Islamic cultures are heavily indoctrinated and shamed into wearing the burqa. They are essentially brainwashed into believing in the virtues of wearing it. They are taught, directly or indirectly, that not wearing it in public is extremely shameful and sinful, and may even lead to punishment, shunning, abuse, or even rape. They are taught from childhood that wearing the Burqa is the will of Allah, and not doing so is a crime against him.
Such women living in the west have learned to defend their burqa. You will basically never find such a woman who will tell you directly that she's wearing the burqa because she has to. She will always tell that she's wearing it because she wants to. But that means nothing. She has been indoctrinated and intimidated into wearing it at all times. It is in no way a persona choice. There is no choice in her community. Either she wears it, or she will be shunned, shamed and even abused.
Wearing a burqa is in no way more acceptable in our modern society than, for example, forcing black people to sit on the back of the bus.
Even if you were to ask such black people if it's their choice to sit on the back of the bus, separated from the white people, and they would answer in the affirmative, it would still make no difference. Such segregation is unacceptable. If they are forced to sit in the back of the bus, sitting in the front leading to punishment, what they say has absolutely no bearing on the morality of the situation. They may say "this is my personal choice" all they want, but that doesn't make any difference: The rule is wrong, and has no place in our society.
In the same way wearing the burqa has no place in our society due to the real reason why they do it. It is not personal choice. It's peer pressure, intimidation and indoctrination, and the punishment imposed by their community for not doing so is completely unjustifiable, even in the best case scenarios.
If a burqa-wearing woman comes to me and tells me that it's her choice, then my answer is rather simple: Ok, if it's just your choice, then try not wearing for a month. After all, if it's just your choice, then there shouldn't be any problem.
She won't. Because she can't.