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Wrong to ban student with niqab: ombudsman
by David Landes
Banning a student from class for wearing a headscarf is a violation of Sweden's anti-discrimination laws, the country's Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen – DO) has ruled.
"According to the DO's assessment, kicking a student out of class simply because she was wearing a niqab, without taking into account the specific circumstances of her participation, violates the law against discrimination," Equality Ombudsman Katri Linna wrote in an opinion article in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.
Linna's decision stems from a January 2009 incident in which a Muslim woman was was told she would no longer be welcome at an adult education college in Spånga, west of Stockholm, if she continued to wear her niqab.
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