Gov't to take hijab issue to court for interpretation

The Government will go to the court to seek an interpretation of the law with regards to the decision by the Lakshmi Girls' Hindu School to ask a Muslim on-the-job trainee teacher to remove her hijab when she turned up for employment there.

Acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert and Minister of Education Anthony Garcia both confirmed that Attorney General Faris Al Rawi will take the matter to court.

Minister Garcia said his ministry has already received a report from the principal of the school.

He says the ministry will write to the board of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha which runs the school, before Al Rawi takes up the matter.

Minister Imbert said the reason for the interpretation was because of the different views on the matter.

The decision by the Lakshmi Girls;' Hindu College has been condemned by several organisations, including SWAHA International, and by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Bissessar, in a statement issued on Wednesday, called for the school's board to reconsider its decision and called on the Attorney General to act.

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