Egyptian court upholds exam ban on wearing the niqab veil
A court in Egypt has ruled in favour of the government’s decision to ban students from wearing the face veil (niqab) while taking university examinations. But female students who had appealed the ban when it was originally imposed by the government last October have vowed to appeal the verdict.
The students said the ban on niqab infringed on their religious rights…
Nizar Ghorab, the lawyer of the students, said the ban “supports rape and sexual harassment”.
“It forces a woman to expose part of her body she doesn’t want exposed. It is soul-crushing for these women,” he told Al Jazeera.
The government said it banned the niqab in part because students, male and female, were attending exams disguised as other candidates by wearing a face veil…
Al Jazeera’s Rawya Rageh, reporting from the Egyptian capital, Cairo, said the trial reflected a divide in the Egyptian society
“It highlights the intensifying divide between the government’s brand of moderate Islam and a population increasingly turning to stricter interpretations of the religion.
“For some, covering up has even been a tacit defiance against the system.”
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