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4th October

Update: Mandatory Subjects...

3 British muslim schools dictate burkhas for pupils

BurkhaAt least three Muslim faith schools are forcing girls to wear face-covering veils.

All three schools have been approved by education watchdog Ofsted, which inspects private faith schools to ensure they prepare pupils for life in modern Britain and promote tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions.

The three schools causing concern were Madani Girls' School in Tower Hamlets, east London, Jamea Al Kauthar, in Lancaster and Jameah Girls' Academy in Leicester. All three are independent, fee-paying, single-sex schools catering for girls aged 11 to 18.

They insist that when girls are travelling to and from school they wear the niqab, a face veil leaving the eyes exposed, or the head-to-toe burka, which covers the eyes with a mesh screen.

School uniform rules listed on Madani's website have been removed but an earlier version, seen by the Sunday Telegraph, said: The present uniform conforms to the Islamic Code of dressing. Outside the school, this comprises of the black Burka and Niqab.

The admission application form warns that girls will be appropriately punished for failing to wear the correct uniform.

Madani school rules state: If parents are approached by the Education Department regarding their child's education, they should not disclose any information without discussing it with the committee.


6th October

Update: Freedom of Religion Under Pressure in Reality...

UK estate agent tried to force his religious nonsense on his staff

hijab warning A woman has been awarded more than 13,500 after she was sacked for refusing to wear a headscarf at the estate agency where she worked.

Ghazala Khan - a non-practising Muslim - was fired less than two weeks into her job at a company run by Muslim businessman Masood Ghafoor simply because she refused to cover her hair.

Ghafoor told that his wife and female relatives all wore full veils or burkas, telling her that her parents had given her far too much freedom.

A tribunal heard that Khan had been employed to run Ghafoor's Go Go Real Estate office in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in June 2009.

However, within days of working there she was left feeling very uncomfortable and intimidated when Ghafoor put it to her that she had not been brought up as a good Muslim and that if she had been his daughter she would not be allowed to work and would have been long since married off.

He asked her to wear a headscarf at work - even though white non-Muslim women he employed in the same office were never asked to and never did. On the day she was due to start her third week in the job, Ghafoor told her not to bother coming in.

When she eventually caught up with him later that evening he told her that members of the Muslim community had been gossiping and suggested that she was not respectable and that there might be something going on between her and members of staff.

Ghafoor added that his cousin Shakeel, who was also employed in the office, was unhappy working with a female especially as she did not wear a headscarf, was not religious and was Westernised.

Graduate Miss Khan, who represented herself at the hearing in Leeds, won her claim for discrimination on the grounds of her lack of religion or belief, by dismissing her and sex discrimination.

She has been awarded 13,566.67 for injury to feelings, loss of earnings and unpaid holiday pay.