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UK College Bars Muslim Student For Wearing Veil

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

Woman in veil

Wearing a veil is a choice and a right, says Shawana

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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Added: Oct-24-2009 
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  • if you don't like english rules in england, leave.

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    • yup yup....
      go back home. we dont need you here causing trouble.

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    • That include speed cameras then?

      Why don't YOU leave, since you don't like speed cameras?

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  • So she should be in an all Muslim school. Sorry but anyone could be under that veil. I notice Western women in Muslim contries wear a veil. Well here you are not in a Muslim country, show your face.
    Not attacking their tradition but if the tradition is so important then why are you in another country and not where it is the norm, say back home.

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    • I agree, instead of covering yourself, just wear a hijab or something.

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    • I'd argue that there is practically no security risk, and the policy and this incident is driven by prejudice. I honestly believe that we should respect what people take seriously. It's like someone telling us what we can and cant do with our flag. That's the only relative example I can think of. One thing that we Westerners just dont get is the notion of symbolism and what it means to folks from the mid east. I think we should give her the benefit of the doubt until there's some crime wave More..

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  • LoL What a stupid fukn story.I guess people should be allowed to wear Jason Vorhees goalie masks to school too.Take your veil wearin' ass back to Dumbfuckistan if don't like the rules bitch :)

    Posted Oct-24-2009 By 

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    • I bet during Halloween they do, but that double standard is in favor of us whites, so rock on!

      What is the big deal about a veil. Are you people that paranoid?

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  • Cry me a river biatch then drown in it!!

    Nice to see a flip side to this PC ridden World.

    Posted Oct-24-2009 By 

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  • muzzes out.

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  • Everyone is supposed to bend to accommodate. Enough already if you don't like the rules of a country that you are in, make do or LEAVE.

    Posted Oct-24-2009 By 

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  • As of this comment, you 4 who voted "No" and the 1 "Unsure" need to do the World a favor and slit your useless fuking wrists!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • dont like it...? Get the fuck out of our country cunt!

    Posted Oct-25-2009 By 

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  • So she's training to be a police officer? They won't allow it either. Religious people...I try really hard to accept them. I just can't. I really try.

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  • Thats why in the west arabs try to control their daughters so they don't taste out big white dicks and get addickted

    Posted Oct-24-2009 By 

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  • Time to move home, twit

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  • Tough doo doo. Its only a religious thing in the country of origin not in a western country. Don't like it then just move back to where your family came from.

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  • Git the fuck out is my policy.

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  • Muslims don't need a huge army to invade Europe and North America. They plan to assimilate our culture through a death of thousand cut strategy - one concession after another that our liberal minded governments give them through legislation and court rulings that seek to force our society to change to meet their expectations.
    Come to Canada if you want to live like a Canadian. If you want to live in a society just like the one you left at home - Stay the F**K at Home!

    Posted Oct-25-2009 By 

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  • if you want to hide your face behind a curtin,
    stay home.

    Posted Oct-24-2009 By 

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  • Somebody is going to be blown up for this.

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  • Hooray! Here's a real rule for sanity in the UK! If they don't like infidel rules, i'm sure they won't have trouble securing a plane ticket home, one-way.

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  • lol, try walking into my bank with your burka on...you will probably get shot...(bank was just robbed)

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  • More muslim pig shit.

    Posted Oct-25-2009 By 

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  • Why should women have to cover their faces because of tempted me. Be free to let people see your smile : )

    Posted Oct-24-2009 By 

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  • If you are in a Muslim country its all well and good, you have to abide by their rules or you could get into some serious trouble, while in a western country, you abide by those rules, you cant change them to suit yourself when you want. Muslims have been trying to push their way into English society for some time now and expect to have their way anytime they want, time to stop it.

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  • Head covering okay, face covering unacceptable. What instructor or student addressing a student wants to speak to a faceless individual?
    Of course Lancashire is in its own perverse islamist universe so they are able to defy logic and common sense.

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  • They are regressive and don't want their daughters to progress with us

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  • these people make me sick. this is england you dumb bitch. go live somewhere else if you wanna walk around looking like a black post box.

    Posted Oct-25-2009 By 

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