En 12 år gammel skoleelev og hennes far går til rettssak mot en skole som har bedt eleven slutte å gå med niqab, et slør som dekker hele ansiktet og bare lar øynene være synlige. Muslimske elever ved skolen er tillatt å bære hijab til skoleuniformen, mens niqab er forbudt.
Nå trues skolen av en rettssak som kan koste skolen 500 000 pund, skriver This Is Local London:
The school is now facing a court battle about whether she can wear the veil and could be left with a £500,000 bill.
The pupil and her dad, who do not want to be named, are taking their case to court through a judicial review next month. The Muslim pupils at the school are allowed to wear a hijab, a scarf which covers the head, but not a full niqab.
Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC), who are responsible for the county’s schools, are in talks with the family and are trying to stop the case going to court.
I mellomtiden mottar den 12 år gamle jenta undervisning hjemme – betalt av skolen.
Lokalpolitiker Paul Goodman ber departementet for utdanning og skoler om bistand:
Wycombe MP Paul Goodman has written to Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for the Department of Education and Schools (DfES) asking for an urgent meeting.
He said it’s right that the school should take the religious requirements of its Muslim pupils into account. – It already does so by allowing students to wear the hijab or headscarf, a policy on which it has consulted. It’s worth noting that the vast majority of Muslim women in my constituency don’t wear the niqab or veil. – I gather that the school maintains on educational and security grounds that its students shouldn’t wear the niqab. I support the school one hundred per cent.
BCC said it cannot fork out taxpayers’ money on the case while the DfES said it does not comment on individual cases. But Mr Goodman thought the two authorities could help.
He added: – I believe that the DfES and Bucks County Council should support the school in principle, and should work together to help fund this court case.
Tidligere rettssaker av samme karakter har forekommet flere ganger i Storbritannia, sist fra Denbigh High School der studentens krav om å bære jilbab etter flere rettsrunder endelig ble avvist av Overhuset.