Saturday, April 13, 2013

Egyptian 6th Graders Allegedly Beaten For Not Wearing Hijab

Egypt. Once secular.  Now this, 11 and 12-year-old students beaten by their teacher for not wearing the hijab:

Four sixth-graders at a primary school in Bulaq al-Dakrur, Giza Governorate, were allegedly beaten by their religion teacher for not wearing the hijab, said the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights.
The rights group issued a statement harshly condemning the incident, and called for the state to apply the international convention on childrens’ rights, which stipulates that the government shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that educational facilities respect the dignity of all children.
Gawaher al-Zahery, an activist who works with the center, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the accused teacher reportedly told one of the alleged victims, “You will thus be a Christian among them [her veiled classmates].” The teacher, who also teaches Arabic language, reportedly insulted the four girls and beat them in front of their classmates.
And apparently not a peep from the families because they were afraid the teacher would fail the kids. Which is probably what would have happened.


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