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Outrage in Russia over hijab school ban

2012-10-15 21:22

Moscow - Several Muslim families pulled their daughters out of schools in Russia's south after the girls were told they were not allowed to wear their hijabs, a top Muslim said on Monday.

The Mufti of the southern Stavropol region Muhammad-Haji Rakhimov said he had received complaints from several parents whose daughters were for the first time not being allowed into their schools wearing their hijabs.

The situation resembles a "stalemate" because both the Muslim parents and school authorities refuse to budge, and several girls including second-graders have not been to school for two weeks now, he said.

"The parents of these girls are not letting them go to school, which can lead to the child welfare services taking them away," Rakhimov said.

Sudden change


He could not explain the authorities' sudden change in school policies.

"There have not been any problems before this month."

He added that there were now "many girls" in the Stavropol region who were being kept out of school for this reason, and their parents were too poor to send them to private schools.

One such institution is a rural public school in the village of Kara-Tyube, close to the overwhelmingly Muslim region of Dagestan.

The school's list of rules posted on its website says that students' appearance should be in line with the "business style used in a secular society, excluding provocative elements".

Russia's pro-government newspaper Izvestiya quoted the school's director Marina Savchenko as saying that girls would not be permitted in class in their hijabs, but that they could wear ordinary headscarves instead.
It added that the parents had filed a complaint with the local prosecutor.

There are about 20 million Muslims in Russia, most of them living in the mountainous North Caucasus, as well as in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan on the Volga River.

Comments
  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-15 22:17

    As I have said it before and find have to say it again,it is any countries right to insist on how school kids should dress.The Russian Federation has had many experiences of Muslim terrorism and perhaps felt that in the interests of school security no dress should be allowed that might conceal explosives.Then again its is the Russian federations right to ban such attire as it perhaps offends the Russian Orthodox church's view and is culturally to deviant from established norms.Lets face it in Saudi Arabia or any Sharia law Muslim country,your daughter will wear her hijab to school whether she likes it or not so in The Russian Federation the same applies..fairs fair I think!In England you will wear the school uniform without exception and they have very strict codes regarding this in England.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-15 22:18

    The news.24 team you are a biggest bunch of hypocrites on earth! Not so long ago when there was a case of Moroccan schoolgirl refusing to attend her swimming lessons in german school you seemed to completely agree with their verdict that the student wouls go and do her lessons no matter what. Now you clearly condemn the Russian authorities for doing the SAME thing. What kind of double standarts do you serve?

      DSBennie - 2012-10-16 08:00

      They are not condemning it, try reading the article next time, they are reporting the reaction of the local population. The author of the report has not once given his opinion

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-10-16 10:16

      diana.gill is a idiot!!! news24 report whats going on in russia..it seems you dont understand the article..

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-16 16:55

      DSBENNIE YOU ARE NOT SEEING WHAT'S BETWEEN THE LINES..NO WHERE IN THIS ARTICLE DOES THE WRITER PRESENT A BALANCED VIEW OF THIS STORY!THE WHOLE ARTICLE SEEMS TO FIND ITS EXPRESSION IN A CASTIGATION OF THE RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES AND THEIR HANDLING OF THE MATTER.ANY ARTICLE SHOULD TO BE FAIR PUT FORWARD A BALANCED AND UNBIASED REPORT OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-16 17:09

      "President" Putin slants elections, imprisons political opponents and arms unelected minority dictators who kill women and children in their homes to hold onto power. The Russian Federation is neither great nor will it ever be as long as it is neo-Soviet in nature. It is fifty years behind the freer world and will remain there unless Russians decide to change. Diana and Dunkie are unfortunately too blind to see this at present. Thank heavens for the Information Age. There's hope.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-16 18:38

      friedbrainfred..you still don't debate a point but only slam anything that doesn't fit into you particular mindset..you are a very boring chap..do your friends tell you this and is this why you spend so much time on this forum...?Your hatred of anything Russian speaks volumes about a brainwashed upbringing that allows you only one view on world affairs...Fred are you gay and is this why you slam Russia and President Putin...please do tell?

  • adriaan.mostert - 2012-10-16 07:58

    Ban it - it has no place in normal school. If the parents are not happy with it, move your child to a school for the brain dead. I was not allowed to wear my t-shirt if the FSM on it as school - you did not see me bitch and moan about it.

  • shaun.stanley2 - 2012-10-16 09:21

    You see here the fundamental problem. When we set up a zero-sum game between education vs culture/religion it is in the child's best interest to be educated (we know this from our own country) and yet the parents will put their own brand of superstition above the child's interests. Has it occurred that these children might not really care about the Hijab? Perhaps, given the chance, these children would choose to leave their religion, or to practice some other religion differently? Parents, in such cases, are guilty both of preventing their children getting an education, and eroding the chance of their children making a free choice about religion and culture. We must come to realize when it comes to children that in a fight between their education and the practice of a culture that *I* like, if we are concerned for the child's well being, then education must win the fight.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-16 18:42

      shaunstanley Now this is intelligent comment...thank you for your views so nicely put and I don't say this because you seem to agree with my comment!

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