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Thu May 16, 2019, 12:17 AM

Austria approves headscarf ban in primary schools

Source: Agence France-Presse

Austria approves headscarf ban in primary schools

Agence-France Presse
Thu 16 May 2019 01.24 BST

Austrian MPs on Wednesday approved a law aimed at banning the headscarf in primary schools, a measure proposed by the ruling right-wing government.

The text refers to any “ideologically or religiously influenced clothing which is associated with the covering of the head”.

Representatives of both parts of the governing coalition, the centre-right People’s Party (OeVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), have made it clear that despite its wide description, the law is targeted at the Islamic headscarf.

The FPOe education spokesman, Wendelin Moelzer, said the law was “a signal against political Islam” while OeVP MP Rudolf Taschner said the measure was necessary to free girls from “subjugation”.

The government said the patka head covering worn by Sikh boys and the Jewish kippa would not be affected.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/16/austria-approves-headscarf-ban-in-primary-schools

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