Posted by: becketfund | April 9, 2010

Bangladesh: High Court Rules Women Cannot be Forced to Wear Hijab

DHAKA – The High Court ruled on April 8 that the Ministry of Education must ensure that women employed in public institutions are not required to wear the hijab against their will, AsiaNews reported on April 9.  Judges Syed Mahmud Hossain and Syeda Afsar Jahan ruled: “forcing a woman to wear the veil against her will” is considered a “flagrant violation” of basic human rights “enshrined in the Constitution.”  The ruling follows an incident where Arif Ahmed, a government official, called Sultana Arjuman Huq, the director of an elementary school, a prostitute during a public meeting for not wearing a veil.

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