08 December 2016

Muslim schoolgirls MUST take part in swimming lessons after burkini row, German court says

The ruling comes after an 11-year-old girl refused to take part in a swimming lesson – even while wearing a burkini – as the swimwear would breach Islamic dress codes.

The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, southwest Germany, rejected an appeal lodged by the girl’s parents who said she could not go swimming as the dress wear conflicted with her religion.

The young girl argued at the lower courts that the burkini showed her figures – something which she told the courts was against her religion.

The case was then referred to the Constitutional Court – Germany’s highest court – after the lower courts ruled that the claims were unsure and that there were “no binding rules in Islam” which defined appropriate clothing. [Daily Express] Read more