En 12 år gammel jente i Buckinghamshire i Storbritannia har ikke fått medhold i ønsket om å reise sak mot skolen som nektet henne å bære slør.
Hennes tre søstre hadde tidligere fått bruke heldekkende slør, niqab, på samme skole. Men ledelsen kom frem til at det var uheldig for undervisningen og en sikkerhetsrisiko. Da de nektet tok jenta hjemmeundervisning. Faren ville reise sak på vegne av henne, men nå har statsadvokaten sagt nei.
In his judgement, Mr Justice Silber stressed that he was dealing with one particular case – not the wider issue of whether the niqab should be worn, in schools or anywhere else.
He said the ban was «proportionate» in the light of certain factors:
the veil prevented teachers from seeing facial expressions – a key element in effective classroom interaction
the necessity to enforce a school uniform policy under which girls of different faiths would have a sense of equality and identity
security – the head teacher had said an unwelcome visitor could move around the school incognito
the need to avoid peer pressure on girls to take up wearing the veil
The girl’s solicitor, Shah Qureshi, said: «We believe there are a number of errors in the decision that have led to Mr Justice Silber reaching the wrong conclusions.
«It is surprising that he decided that the school had not infringed my client’s freedom to manifest her religion given the fact that she entered the school on the understanding that the wearing of the veil was allowed when being taught by male teachers.»