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PostSubject: College Bars Muslim Student For Wearing Veil   Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:19 am

A Muslim student says she is "emotionally traumatised" after her
local college prevented her from enrolling because she wore a veil.



Shawana Bilqes, 18, claims the decision by Burnley College has left her humiliated and has disrupted her studies.

Shawana told Sky News: "I was willing to take it off as a compromise
for identification checks, security or whatever. But they said I
couldn't wear it anywhere on the premises."

In a statement, college Principal John Smith insisted that unimpeded
communication with students was impossible if the face was not fully
visible.

"All members of the college community should be identifiable at all times when in the college," he said.
Shawana insists it is her own choice and
right to wear the veil. She has been training as a cadet with
Lancashire Police and says it has never been a problem to remove the
veil in the classroom but wear it outside as long as it is practical.

Her 21-year-old sister Nadia, who also wears the veil and studies at
the University of Central Lancashire in Preston told Sky News: "It's
totally absurd to think it is glued to our face, the college can't hide
behind the security excuse."

"We are law abiding British citizens. If someone asks us to remove it for identification purposes we will."

"Those politicians like Jack Straw
who've discussed the veil have gone about it the wrong way - it's given
everyone leeway to discriminate but that means it's seen as OK to
attack anyone who wears the veil, which is a totally unacceptable
situation."

Shawana is now trying to pursue her education elsewhere and hopes
the setback will not prevent her from embarking on a medical career.



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PostSubject: Re: College Bars Muslim Student For Wearing Veil   Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:14 am

would she be waering the veil during her medical career operatig on some one
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PostSubject: Re: College Bars Muslim Student For Wearing Veil   Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:45 am

Not sure on the operating front. but I was accessed pre-op by a Dr wearing a veil. Never thought to ask why or what occurs if she was to undergo or operate on somebody. I assume she wouldn't be able to wear it to preform an operation. As the face is covered by a surgical mask, the problem of exposing her face should not be compromised.

I know the elderly lady, in the bed next to mine was very upset by her wearing it, so I stood, outside the curtains to ensure nobody entered while she did the check with her veil off. No easy task when you are wired to all manner of things, but where there is a need a will can be found.

Several Dr's have the head dress, from a security point of view I think these are hazardous wear. That is from the point of view, of them being attacked or caught in machinery and the veil/headdress being used as weapon against them.

The veil is an optional element, chosen by the woman to wear it. Or by her husbands/family preference. They are supposed only to wear it if a man is present. They do not wear them if a woman is present. It does not bother me, as long as it is her own choice not an imposed choice by others.
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