Court verdict: no niqabs in German school


Source: DW

A student in the German town of Osnabrück won’t be allowed to wear her veil to class. The decision comes at a time of heated discussion concerning a nation-wide burqa ban in Germany.

The student, who insisted on wearing her niqab to school, has been denied by a local administrative court. The Sophie Scholl night school in Osnabrück in the northern German state of Lower Saxony had originally accepted the student but reversed its decision when it became clear how she wanted to dress in class.

On Friday, the student had appealed to the Osnabrück Administrative Court. The case was heard just three days later on Monday. Things moved fast because, as a court spokesperson said, “every school day counts.”

The court had ordered the woman to appear in person at the hearing on Monday to defend her reasons. When she didn’t do that because of the media attention the case attracted, the court said its only possible action was to deny her claim.

Calling for a burqa ban

There are no details available on the student except for the fact that she’s a German national and that she’s not a minor anymore, which in Germany means she’s at least 18. Night schools like Sophie Scholl are usually a way for adults to obtain a diploma they didn’t manage to get when they went to school as teenagers.

The case comes at a time when the entire country, not just one school in Osnabrück, is discussing what kinds of veils Muslim women should be allowed to wear in Germany. The interior ministers of states governed by the conservative CDU called for a ban of the niqab and the burqa in public places. With a niqab, the wearer’s face is completely veiled except for a small eye slit. The burqa is a blue garment that covers a woman’s entire body, including her face. It only leaves a mesh screen to see through.

Three women in burqas on the streets of Peshawar, Pakistan. (Photo: EPA/ARSHAD ARBAB)Some women in Pakistan still wear the burqa, but in Germany it is almost non-existent

Conservative politicians want the concealing veils banned from public places, including public authority buildings, courtrooms – and schools.

“We unanimously reject the burqa,” Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told public TV network ZDF. “It does not fit in our open country.”

DW’s editor-in-chief, Alexander Kudascheff wrote in a recent op-ed that a burqa ban made sense because it “shows that an open society will not accept just anything.”

Some legal experts, however, say a ban wouldn’t even be possible because Germany’s constitution guarantees religious freedom. And liberal politicians like Thuringia state premier Bodo Ramelow (Left Party) accuse the CDU of moving toward the right edge of the political spectrum and trying to win over right-wing voters in upcoming state elections.

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2 replies

  1. So Burqa, Hijab, or Veil is not the Islamic dressing code, but the Arab traditional dress who live in desert at ancient times.
    There are two reasons why women wear burqa:
    1. In order women can not be abducted or be kidnapped by enemy for sex-slave.
    2.In order women can not be harmed by stormsand.

    I agree 100 percent that burqa n Hijab should be banned in Europe n United states. Because Burqa and Hijab are not Islamic dressing, but the ancient Arab tradition who live in desert in order to prevent sand to harm women.

    Islam is logical religion, it is illogical if women wear hijab or burqa in NOT desert countries.

  2. If we look at those so called free societies today we will not find any trace of morality let alone spirituality. We will only see dissolution and depravity. A society will all the ills one can imagine. Broken marriages, illegitimate children, intentional abortions and unfaithfulness between married and even unmarried partners are only a few products of these societies. The easy availability of women for the pleasure of men has resulted in them being no longer desired by men and therefore we see more social evils like child abuse, homosexuality, drug addiction and crimes of rape and even murder for the sake of excitement.

    It can be seen clearly that the first to suffer from these social ailments are the women themselves who bear the greatest responsibility for this to happen.

    This is what the Holy Quran warned them fourteen centuries ago. This is why God has put on women more responsibility than men in this respect, as they were the ones who will suffer more by disregarding these teachings of Islam.

    The Islamic veil is not a disgrace or a hindrance for a woman in any way. On the contrary, it honours her and frees her from the obstacles that prevent her moral and spiritual advancement and thus it is the means of her deliverance from the sufferings and ills that she faces in modern day societies. In reality it embodies the Mercy of God on women.

    If women in the world today can understand the real implication of the true teachings of Islam regarding the veil and if they know the benefits they can gain and the high stations they can attain by following these teachings, they will soon be wanting their freedom from their ill societies and they will be fighting for their rights to adopt the Veil, where they secure their true freedom and where they can find real peace and tranquillity, and where their honour and dignity lies. Only then, will they enjoy the real bliss of being encompassed by Divine Protection and the Mercy of their Creator.

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