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Uzbekistan removes headscarf ban

Secular Uzbekistan will now allow girls to wear headscarves at school.  Photo gallery.
Secular Uzbekistan will now allow girls to wear headscarves at school. Photo gallery.

The Uzbek government has announced that Uzbek girls will be allowed to wear headscarves at school. The whole thing is an attempt to make Muslim families stricter to allow their daughters to go to school.

Islam is the dominant religion in Uzbekistan, but the government has wanted to keep the country firmly secular since it became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Education Minister Sherzod Shermatov said in a statement that head coverings such as headscarves or caps will now be allowed, following the appeal of many parents.

– It is necessary to lift the ban so that all children receive a secular education, he said.

Head coverings must be white or “light coloured” as directed by the government. Proposals were made for the approved veil, which does not hide the chin but only the hair.

Earlier this year, the ban on wearing the headscarf in public was lifted in Uzbekistan. Other changes that have been implemented in recent years are that the ecstasy of prayer is now allowed over loudspeakers and that children can visit mosques.

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