A Muslim family has been threatened by a British school with court action for refusing to send their daughter to school in a short skirt.
The parents of Siham Hamud, a 12-year-old pupil at Uxbridge High School, are under constant pressure by the school administration to send their daughter in a short dress rather than a long ankle-length skirt which she usually wears in school.
Siham has been wearing an ankle-length skirt for years but last month she was told it is an incorrect uniform.
The school located in Middlesex demands girls to wear black trousers or a black pleated skirt from official uniform suppliers which according to the family claims falls above the knee.
Meanwhile, the family is reluctant to send their daughter to school in such an obscene uniform. They have their strict religious values which prohibit them from any kind of immorality.
The school, on the other side, has threatened to take legal actions the family over Siham’s alleged unauthorized absences.
Siham, who is home-studying now-a-days wants to go back to school without compromising with her usual dress code, she doesn’t want to wear a short skirt.
She is disappointed over the fact that her studies are being affected and her friends aren’t accepting her due to her religion.
Her father blames the school for the loss of education of her daughter. He says “My daughter is being denied an education because of her religious beliefs.”
He also added that they sent her back to home and asked her to come only when she follows the school dresscode which is to wear short skirts.
“The school is threatening to take legal action against me, but I’m not forcing her to wear a longer skirt – it’s her faith and her decision to make.
She used to love school, but now she goes to school crying because of this – it’s heartbreaking”. added her father.
The family says they have recently discovered about this new school uniform rule about skirts. The school introduced the rule two years ago.
Till 1 December she had been wearing the same usual skirts but unfortunately sent back to home over her long skirt.
She was sent home to change – but didn’t return to school – and the same thing happened each day for the three weeks of term in December.
Family is reluctant and doesn’t want to compromise with the religion they say, they want to believe in their religion in a pure way”, which means women should only wear long skirts.
After sending her home the school sent a letter regarding legal actions after a week on 9 December.
It said: “Siham’s absence is being recorded as unauthorised. Unauthorised absence may result in a fine being issued, or legal action being taken against the adults who have parental responsibility or day-to-day care of your child.
He father said the issue is due to be discussed on a complaints panel with the school governors later this month.
The school’s principal, Nigel Clemens, said: “This matter is currently subject to examination through the formal school complaints policy. It would therefore not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”
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