Itsy bitsy, teenie weenie...Burkini? Muslim girl not allowed to miss swim class due to religion
A court in Germany has ruled that a Muslim girl cannot be excused from mixed-sex swimming lessons on the grounds of religious belief.
The 13-year-old girl from Frankfurt had argued that the sight of bare-chested male pupils breached her religious modesty.
She also claimed that accepting the school’s offer that she herself could wear a full-body “burkini” swimsuit in the pool would expose her to discrimination among her peers.
But Germany’s Federal Administrative Court ruled Wednesday that it was reasonable to compromise between the girl’s religious freedom and the state’s duty to educate its citizens.
The Deutshe Press Agentur (DPA) news agency reported that the unnamed girl’s father said before the verdict that he would accept the ruling.
About 5 percent of Germany’s population of 80 million is Muslim.
- 'Playing with non-Muslims is haram', Oz Muslim father tells daughter
- Whatever next: A veiled Muslim girl teen takes the podium at the House of Commons
- Get your own God: Malaysia bans use of "Allah" by non-muslims
- This 10 year-old girl almost became Afghanistan's first child suicide bomber
- Syrian rebel girl goes viral, singing for freedom with bombs in the background