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UK school wins appeal over Muslim gown exclusion

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UK school wins appeal over Muslim gown exclusion

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A British high school that excluded a Muslim girl from class for wearing a long gown did not infringe her right to practice her religion, according to a ruling by the country’s highest court.

Shabina Begum’s school appealed to the House of Lords against a 2005 court decision that it breached her human rights. Lord Thomas Bingham, one of the judges in the House of Lords, said: “In reaching its decision on school uniforms, this school consulted widely and had a proper and sensitive respect for the views and opinions of everyone concerned.” Begum, now 17, was told to change her clothes in 2002 when she turned up wearing a jilbab, a long gown which covers the whole body except the face and hands. She later moved to another local school which allows her to wear the jilbab.