British school uniforms may need review

  • post Type / Young Humanists International
  • Date / 5 May 2005

British schools are known for their strict school uniforms, but that might have to change now. A British court have decided that the schools cannot deny Muslim girls to wear a full length gown called «jilbab» at school without violating their human rights.

The then 15-year-old Shabina Begum informed her school that she intended to wear such a gown, and her school replied by sending her home when she turned up dressed as she preferred. Miss Begum then appealed to the court, accusing Denbigh High School in Bedfordshire of denying her the “right to education and to manifest her religious beliefs”

The court gave her a full victory, and called for British school authority to issue new guidelines on school uniforms that takes into consideration the pupil’s human rights. «It is amazing that in the so-called free world I have to fight to wear this attire», miss Begum (now 16) told the BBC outside the court after the ruling was announced.


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