Austria: Primary school headscarf ban 'based on suspicions and allegations' — Muslim community leader

Austria: Primary school headscarf ban 'based on suspicions and allegations' — Muslim community leader Austria's recently passed law banning headscarfs in classrooms for children under 12 years constitutes discrimination against Muslims and is 'based on suspicions and allegations,' said President of the Islamic Religious Community of Austria Umit Vural in Vienna on Friday. Speaking during an... Еще interview, Vural stated that «what happened here is that the state has spread religious freedom to the kippah in Judaism and the turban in Sikhism, while the headscarf was excluded from this religious freedom despite and against our voice. And therefore it exceeds its competence.» «Neither does this help integration nor does it help the wellbeing of the children. The opposite happens. Muslim children are being stigmatised and discriminated against,» he added. He also announced that the organisation will take action to fight the law in front of Austria's constitutional court. His comments came after the Austrian Parliament passed a law banning headscarfs in schools for children under 12 years old. The Islamic Religious Community of Austria is an umbrella group of over 250 Muslim associations within the country, that helps administer Islamic religious education in public schools throughout Austria as well as serving as the representative body of the wider community. Residents of Vienna were torn on the question with many rejecting the need to force a veil upon children because of religion, while at the same time objecting to the political move to ban headscarfs by law.
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