Controversy over hijab rocks Russia schools

Several Muslim families pulled their daughters out of schools in Russia’s south after the girls were told they were not allowed to wear their hijabs, a top Muslim cleric said on Monday.

The Mufti of the southern Stavropol region Muhammad-Haji Rakhimov said. He had received complaints from several parents whose daughters were for the first time not being allowed into their schools wearing the headscarves.

The situation resembles a “stalemate” because both the Muslim parents and school authorities refuse to budge, and several girls including second-graders have not been to school for two weeks now, he said.

“The parents of these girls are not letting them go to school, which can lead to the child welfare services taking them away,” Rakhimov said. He could not explain the authorities’ sudden change in school policies. “There have not been any problems before this month.”

He added that there were now “many girls” in the Stavropol region who were being kept out of school for this reason.

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