Banning the Hijab at school is discrimination: Czech ombudsman

Czech ombudsman Anna Sabatová has stood up for the Somali student of a secondary medical school in Prague who has been forbidden to wear a headscarf at school, server Lidovky.cz has reported, referring to the ombudsman office's internal document.



Muslim girls and women use the scarf, also called the hijab, to veil their hair and neck.

Sabatová says banning Muslims from wearing the hijab at school amounts to discrimination, the server writes.

The school argues its rules ban any headgear.

The Somali girl and another Muslim female student from Afghanistan reportedly terminated their studies at the school early over the headscarf ban, and they made their case public last autumn.

The Somali girl has turned to the ombudsman, the public protector of citizens' rights, Lidovky.cz writes.

Sabatová has concluded the school indirectly discriminated against the girl, because the hijab is an outward manifestation of her religion.

Sabatová has also criticized the Czech School Inspection for its "lax" assessment of the case, the server writes.