The Muslim parents of a schoolgirl living in the village of Privolny, Stavropol Territory, say, “Today we sent our daughter to school on the school bus, but the teacher put her back on the bus and sent her home. She has been barred from classes over the headbag for two weeks now because of a decree issued by the governor.”
Interfax “My daughter is in 3rd grade. Other children don’t wear headbags to school. There were three girls who wore headbags, they have now removed them,” the source said. The man said he has filed complaints with the prosecutors and intends to stand his ground. He also said his daughter has worn a headbag to school since September 1st.
In the meantime, the press service for the territory’s Education Ministry told Interfax these actions violate the school charter, which outlines requirements for students’ appearance. “They will be talking to the parents and the schoolgirl. If they don’t observe the school charter, they will be offered to choose a different form of education,” the ministry official said.
In October, the Stavropol Territory’s muftiat reported on complaints made by some schoolgirls’ parents saying that their Muslim daughters had been barred from classes for some two weeks for wearing headbags. The incidents occurred at School No. 12 in the village of Kara-Tyube.
The issue of headbags was discussed at the highest level on October 18. Russian President Vladimir Putin said, commenting on this conflict, that people’s religious feelings need to be respected, but the fact that the Russian state is a secular one needs to be taken into account.