Several Muslim families in Russia have expressed outrage after a school in the country's southern part said girls were not allowed to wear their hijabs.
The Mufti of the southern Stavropol region, Muhammad-Haji Rakhimov, said he had received complaints from several parents whose daughters were for the first time not being allowed into their schools wearing their hijabs.
Rakhimov said the situation resembles a 'stalemate' because both the Muslim parents and school authorities refuse to budge, and several girls including second-graders have not been to school for two weeks now.
"The parents of these girls are not letting them go to school, which can lead to the child welfare services taking them away," News24 quoted Rakhimov, as saying.
According to the report, he could not explain the authorities' sudden change in school policies.
Rakhimov added that there were now 'many girls' in the Stavropol region who were being kept out of school for this reason, and their parents were too poor to send them to private schools.
Meanwhile, Russia's pro-government newspaper Izvestiya quoted the school's director Marina Savchenko as saying that girls would not be permitted in class in their hijabs, but that they could wear ordinary headscarves instead. (ANI)