A file image of Indonesian high school students at a state senior high school in Jakarta. In Hong Kong, four Muslim girls were penalized for wearing their hijab at a Christian school. (Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP)
Four Muslim girls are now allowed to wear their hijab at a Hong Kong Christian school after complaining of being penalized for doing so. The girls had been sent to Ling Liang Church E Wun Secondary School's discipline room for a week for wearing their traditional Muslim head veil. The school is run by "The Bread of Life Christian Church" which is an independent church founded in Shanghai in 1943. A day after their situation was covered by local media outlet Mingpao
on Sept. 17 the girls were permitted to attend classes while wearing their hijab. Sulaim, who is Pakistani, told local press that the school discipline teacher told them that because it is a Christian school they were not allowed to wear headscarves. If they want to attend class, they had to take off their headscarves. Sulaim's father told the press: "We respect the religion of the school. But the school does not respect our religion."
One of the parents filed a complaint with Hong Kong's Education Bureau who replied saying the school was discriminating against their children. An estimated 180,000 Muslims live in Hong Kong.
Support UCA News...
UCA News provides a unique service, bringing you the voices of emerging churches and helping you see efforts made to evangelize and bring relief to people in all manner of need.
UCA News has more than 40 full time and part time reporters, editors and administrators bringing you this service from across 23 countries in south, southeast and east Asia. You, too, can be part of their efforts by contributing even a small amount to keep UCA News available to the world.
Click here to consider the options available to you.
Your contribution to UCA News will immensely help us continue to grow a strong media community by harnessing information technology to inform, engage, inspire and influence the Catholics of Asia and the world.
As a gesture of our gratitude to your commitment to UCA News, we are pleased to gift you a free PDF Book/e-Book titled Mission in Asia when you make a contribution.