Austria outlaws headscarf for Muslim girls in primary schools

Austria outlaws headscarf for Muslim girls in primary schools
# 16 May 2019 15:00 (UTC +04:00)

Austria introduced a full-face veil ban in October 2017 with the government describing the move as an attempt to promulgate Austrian values and promote integrationç ONA reports citing Sputnik.

Austrian lawmakers have passed a bill imposing a ban on headscarves for Muslim girls in primary schools.

The proposed law received backing of the ruling centre-right People's Party and the right-wing Freedom Party, while the opposing parties all rejected the bill.

According to the wording of the legislative proposal, all clothing covering the head for ideological or religious reasons will be subject to the ban.

The lawmakers specified that the patka, a head covering worn by Sikh boys, as well as yarmulke, a cap worn by Jewish males, would not be affected by the restrictions as the ban applies to items of the headwear that cover all of the hair or large parts of it. However, head garments for medical or other reasons would not be covered by the bill.

According to one of the legislators, Rudolf Tascher from the People's Party, the bill intends to liberate girls "from submission". At the same time, an education spokesperson for the Freedom Party, Wendelin Mölzer, said that the proposed law was sending a signal "against political Islam".

Austria's official Muslim community organization has condemned the law saying that they would contest the bill they described as "destructive" and "discriminatory against Muslims".

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