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School’s stand against facial veils, remove please

Two Muslim students and their teacher in Blackburn prevented from entering a school with facial veil

30 June 2009: After the controversy over ban on turbans in France, facial veils threaten to spark a row in Lancashire county.

According to available information, two Muslim students and their teacher in Britain’s Blackburn town were prevented from entering a school with their facial veils.

It is believed the three were asked to remove their facial veils before they could make an official visit to the Catholic school in Lancashire county’s Blackburn town.

The town is the constituency of Justice Secretary Jack Straw. Previously also, he was involved in a row over wearing of the traditional Muslim veils by women.

As per the reports, the Muslim students and their teacher were from an Islamic school in Great Harwood. They were visiting a school in nearby Blackburn for its annual open day.

The two pupils agreed to the removal, but their teacher refused. She was taken to an office at the school and told she would not be allowed on the premises. A school spokesman said a request was made because the veils were against the school policy. Already, there is a controversy over the wearing of Islamic burqa. It started with French President Nicolas Sarkozy describing the burqa as a sign of subservience for women.

Sarkozy had told French lawmakers at the Palace of Versailles in a special session that the Islamic burqa is "not welcome" in the country as it is a sign of subservience for women.

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