Mother is turned away from parents’ evening because she refused to remove full-face veil | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
Maroon Rafique, from Manchester, was told that for the security and safety of children and teachers at the college there was a ban on any type of face coverings.

 

A mother was turned away from a parents’ evening because she was wearing a full-face veil.
Maroon Rafique, 40, was told that for the security and safety of children and teachers at the college there was a ban on any type of face coverings.
She was warned that unless she removed her full-face covering, known as the niqab, she would not be allowed into the college to attend.

Mrs Rafique, of Whalley Range, Manchester, had been invited to attend the parents’ evening and talk about her son’s education at The Manchester College.
But when the mother of two arrived she was apprehended by security staff in the lobby of the college’s Northenden campus.
Mrs Rafique, who is married to double-glazing firm boss Abdul, 40, and has a younger son, Ibrahim, 12, said she felt humiliated.

A spokesman for The Manchester College said ‘The Manchester College provides a safe and inclusive environment that fosters development and achievement. We apply a single dress code to all college users, including learners and visitors.
‘At all times we need to be able to identify all individuals easily in order to maintain safety and security, and therefore we ask that faces are clearly visible while indoors. Our dress code is reviewed through our quality improvement group and we will take this situation into account at the next review.’
In March, a Muslim woman was barred from serving on a jury because she refused to remove her niqab.
The judge said she could not sit on an attempted murder trial because the niqab concealed her facial expressions.
And last year, France imposed a total ban on the full-face veil, introducing fines for anyone who breaks the law.