The parents of a young Muslim girl in Britain have threatened to take a primary school to court after it refused to allow their daughter to wear a headscarf in line with Islam’s hijab requirements.
Officials from St Cyprian’s Greek Orthodox Primary in Croydon, south London, say the parents of the unnamed girl demanded that she wears a headscarf once she reached puberty, that is the age Islam begins to require modest dressing from women. But the school has refused and the parents have threatened to go to the High Court.
The parents are not expected to win if they take legal action after another schoolgirl named Shabina Begum claimed that her school had breached her human rights by refusing to let her wear a larger headscarf six years ago.
Begum won in the High Court but later had her case controversially overturned in the Court of Appeal.
While the law in Britain claims to be democratic with government guidance stating that schools should “act reasonably” in accommodating beliefs relating to clothes and hair, analysts are seeing another side to the so-called democracy that appears to be discriminating against Islam.
The situation has also triggered criticisms, from MPs among others.
Last month, British MP and founder of the Respect Party George Galloway lashed out at the government’s new ban on the niqab, the full-faced veil worn by some Muslim women describing the move as “a little heavy handed and confusing”.