Austria bans headscarf in primary schools

May 16, 2019, 5:44 AM EDT
(Source: Hernán Piñera/flickr)
(Source: Hernán Piñera/flickr)

In a measure to subdue “political Islam” and free girls from “subjugation,” Austrian MPs on Wednesday approved a law that bans headscarf in primary schools but exempts the patka head covering worn by Sikh boys and the Jewish kippa.

In order to circumvent the charges of discrimination against Muslims, the law resorts to cautious wording in outlawing any “ideologically or religiously influenced clothing associated with the covering of the head,” writes Al Jazeera.

The proposals to ban the headscarf were previously described as “shameless” and a “diversionary tactic” by Austria’s official Muslim community organization IGGOe, reports The Guardian. The legislation is poised to be challenged at Austria’s constitutional court for its discriminatory nature or on the ground that such laws affecting schools require a two-thirds majority for approval.