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Veiled teacher penalised after cutting pupils' hair for not wearing headscarf

Science teacher in Luxor loses two-months salary after cutting hair of two sixth-graders who opted not to wear veil to class

Ahram Online, Wednesday 17 Oct 2012
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Iman Ahmed Kilani, a grade-school science teacher in the Upper Egyptian city of Luxor was referred to investigation on Tuesday for cutting the hair of two sixth-grade girls for not wearing the veil.

Deputy Minister of Education, Zakaria Abdel-Fatah, told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website that the teacher had been transferred to the administrative prosecution after the girls' parents lodged a formal complaint against her.

Last Wednesday, Kilani – who wears the full Islamic face veil (niqab) – punished Ola El-Qassem and Mona El-Rawi for coming to class without wearing a head scarf as per her instructions by cutting both girls' hair.

She went on to threaten other girls in the class with the same punishment if they failed to wear the veil.

Kilani told Al-Ahram's Arabic news portal that she did not know that cutting less than 2 centimeters of hair would be considered a crime.

She explained that a student brought out scissors and challenged her to carry out her threat to cut the unveiled girls' hair. Her authority was being undermined and she protected it, she said.

The accused teacher also claimed that El-Rawi's father told her that he reprimanded his daughter for her behaviour and punished her. This is when she thought the problem ended, especially since she claims to have reconciled with the other student's parents.

Kilani said she did not expect much commotion to follow her actions, blaming the media for exaggerating the problem.

The science teacher added she is on friendly relations with her students. 

Kilani said she does not belong to any political and religious group, adding that she has worn the full face veil for 5 years.

According to Abdel-Fatah, two months have been deducted from the teacher's salary on orders of the Ministry of Education.

In an interview with the private Sada El-Balad television channel, Luxor Governor, Ezzat Saad, condemned the teacher's act, vowing that the governorate would exert all necessary effort to preserve personal freedoms.

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Hinda
20-10-2012 03:23pm
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teachers decision
teachers has to be wise on decision making.Also punishment should regard the age and we should not forget our world teacher Prophet Muhammad SAW on how he made decisions on different matters.so both sides have to punish by following our beloved Prophets SAW steps
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Faraz Pakistani
19-10-2012 07:00pm
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Duble Standard of west
President Vladimir Putin has spoken out against the wearing of headscarves in Russian schools in his first public comment on a potentially explosive issue. Putin’s statement Thursday follows a recent incident in southern Russia where a school principal forbade girls from Muslim families from wearing headscarves at school. Their parents protested the move and the principal said she was threatened, according to The Associated Press. Asked to comment on the issue, Putin signaled his opposition to headscarves at schools, saying that Russia is a secular state and must create equal conditions for all its citizens. IS THERE PERSONAL FREEDOM.
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Gul faraz
19-10-2012 06:56pm
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exaggerating
I think this is not a such thing which should be taken as violation of human rights or personal freedom.As it is very clear that when you are entering any legal entity you have to follow rule and regulation of that entity then there is no personal freedom,that is, you can not do whatever you want within the premises of that entity.So therefore if there is rule to wear veil in school then each student of that class must follow rule and wear veil and of course,when some one is violation this rule he or she deserve punishment.so teacher if did you to teach lesson them then this not big thing as Media and so called Human Right Organizations to whom just Islamic rule and Principles looks against human rights.Western Media Is Exaggerating this issue.
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Karim
18-10-2012 10:59am
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Back to 14 century.
It is better to send teacher to Saudi Arabia or to 14 century!
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BE
18-10-2012 07:03am
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This is the new Egyptistan....
...and it is just the beginning.
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Amazed
17-10-2012 11:52pm
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TOO Much
What the teacher did is a crime against society and freedom , to all those religious fanatics , i tell you too keep your hands off our children , stay out of our lives , we are free Moslems and Christians dont need your oppressive ways , we are not living 1500 years ago , you want to live and cover all your self , go ahead but leave others alone , the parents can decide how they look not you , you may think that covering your face makes you a Godly woman , But only by your actions and heart will you be judged , first judge your self and if think that you are a perfect human being then go ahead and judge others , but you are Far from being Perfect , so live as you want and let others live as they want , it is their right not yours
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Sharif Shehata
17-10-2012 11:41pm
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Good faith
The Teacher needs to know more about Islam. What Islam is? Islam is love,forgiving,understanding,peace,sharing,empathy, communication and respect each other. Islam grow by peace and love not by force and punishment. God look at our hearts not at who wears the full Islamic face veil or wearing a head scarf. To be a good Muslim needs to do five pillars right and don't harm anyone. God bless
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