It’s a political symbol first, a religious requirement a distant second.
Egypt: teacher cuts off students’ hair for not wearing hijab
Teacher disciplined, activists against corporal punishment
(ANSAmed) – CAIRO – Education officials took disciplinary action against a primary school teacher in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Luxor after she cut off two female students’ hair as a punishment for not wearing hijabs.
The teacher, who was reported to authorities by the children’s parents, had previously threatened to cut off the hair of any students who showed up in class with bare heads.
The Islamic veil for girls is not mandatory in Egyptian public schools, but corporal punishment is still a frequent occurrence.
Children’s rights activists have been militating for an end to this practice.