Posted by: becketfund | May 20, 2008

Uganda: University Refuses to Allow Religious Exceptions to Dress Code

KAMPALA – At Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, a recent ban on “unnecessary” articles of clothing failed to include exceptions for female students who wear the Islamic headscarf, reports New Vision on May 20. University officials have thus far been unresponsive to student appeals, saying that they were not trying to target Muslim students, but rather to prevent “exam malpractices” by forbidding certain items of clothing. Some female students complained of having their headscarves forcibly removed by their teachers before they were allowed to sit for an exam; some male students were asked to remove caps which are traditionally worn during prayers.

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