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11:15  16 may  2019
11:15  16 may  2019 Source:   dw.com

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Austria bans Muslim headscarf in primary schools © picture-alliance/dpa/B. Thissen Provided by Deutsche Welle Austria has passed a law intended to ban Muslim girls from wearing a headscarf in primary schools. The Jewish yarmulke and Sikh patka are not included in the new measure.

Austria's parliament has passed a law intended to ban Muslim girls from wearing the headscarf in primary schools, a measure that is likely to be challenged as discriminatory in the constitutional court. The bill passed with the support of the governing center-right People's Party (ÖVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ). Almost all of the opposition voted against it.

To avoid the impression that it targets Muslims, the text refers to any "ideologically or religiously influenced clothing which is associated with the covering of the head."

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Austrian MPs on Wednesday approved a law aimed at banning the headscarf in primary schools , a measure proposed by the ruling right-wing Austria 's official Muslim community organisation IGGOe has previously condemned the proposals as "shameless" and a "diversionary tactic".

Austria 's far-right government has introduced a draft law to the parliament to ban the headscarf in primary schools , planning to implement it without the support of the opposition. Transport Minister Norber Hofer told a news conference following the Council of Ministers meeting on Wednesday that

The government said late Wednesday that the patka head covering worn by Sikh boys or the Jewish yarmulke would not be affected because the law refers to head garments that "cover all of the hair or large parts of it." Exceptions are made for head coverings for medical reasons or protection against rain or snow.

Signal 'against political Islam'

Austria bans Muslim headscarf in primary schools © Getty

Practising Muslim girls usually begin wearing a headscarf at puberty, and the governing parties have admitted the law is intended for Muslim girls.

ÖVP lawmaker Rudolf Taschner said the law was meant to "free girls from submission," while FPÖ education spokesman Wendelin Mölzer said it was about sending a signal "against political Islam" and promoting integration.

Former Social Democrat Party Education Minister Sonja Hammerschmid accused the government of trying to make headlines instead of resolving integration or education issues.

Austria's official Muslim community organization, IGGÖ, has said it would legally challenge the "destructive" law that "discriminates exclusively against Muslims."

The ÖVP and FPÖ formed a coalition in 2017 on a strong anti-immigration platform.

The law was passed as Muslims celebrate the holy month of Ramadan.


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