Posted by: becketfund | October 23, 2007

Pakistan: Students at Catholic-Run School Forced to Veil

AsiaNews reports that a public, albeit Catholic-run high, school in the Swat Valley, Pakistan, recently received threats from a group called “Sacrifices of Islam” (Janisaran-i-Islam) which accused the school of converting students and promoting “un-Islamic behavior”. The group also called for the dismissal of all Christians employed by the school, asking that they be replaced by Muslims. The local government appeared to agree with the letter, asking all female pupils at the school to cover their heads, in order to preserve “local Islamic morality.” Several students have stopped attending the school, with about half of the non-Muslim students planning not to come back.

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