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Should a girl be allowed to wear Muslim dress?

Rabiya Parekh | 15:20 UK time, Wednesday, 22 March 2006

A Muslim girl from the UK, Shabina Begum, has lost her right to be allowed wear the jilbāb at a school in England.

Should she have a right to wear religious dress to school? What do you think?

Read on for more details, and leave your comments here or e-mail us.

She was first prevented from wearing the jilbāb - an overgarment covering the entire body, except for hands, feet, face, and head - by the school last year but successfully argued that the ruling had not taken into account her human rights.

However, the school appealed and today British Law Lords overturned her victory and ruled that the two-year interruption of her schooling was the result of her "unwillingness to comply with a rule to which the school was entitled to adhere".

The school, which has a 79% Muslim population, had already established a dress code for all its Muslim pupils but 17-year-old Miss Begum said the rules "did not satisfy Islamic clothing." She said she was uncomfortable wearing the shalwar-khaeez - a long loose fitting overshirt and baggy trousers.

Are Miss Begum's human rights being infringed or is she undermining a school's authority? We hope to be speaking to Shabina on the programme tonight and allowing you to out your questions to her. Do you support her case?


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