Dutch girl to appeal against headscarf ban

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A 15-year-old schoolgirl is going to appeal against a Dutch court ruling that her secondary school can ban her from wearing an Islamic headscarf.

On Monday, the said the Don Bosco College in Volendam, a town north of Amsterdam, could refuse to allow its students to wear Islamic headscarves. The Judge said the ban fitted in with the Roman Catholic character of the school.

Imane Mahssan’s lawyer argues she is being treated unfairly because, in the past, another girl had been allowed to wear a headscarf at the school. “Only when Imane asked whether she could wear a scarf, was it no longer allowed and the rules were changed,” he says.


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