Austria’s right-wing government banned headscarf in primary schools after a law was approved by the country’s lawmakers
The government admitted that headgear worn by Sikh boys or the patka and the Jewish kippa will not be affected by the law. Other than a headscarf, the head covers that do not fall under the ban passed on Wednesday includes medical bandages and rain and snow protectors.
The law’s text states that it will target any “ideologically or religiously influenced clothing which is associated with the covering of the head”.
FPÖ Education Spokesperson Wendelin Mölzer said the law was “a signal against political Islam” while the ÖVP MP Rudolf Taschner said the measure was necessary to free girls from subjugation.
The MPs from the opposition alleged that the government is focused on positive headlines rather than the children’s welfare and voted against the measure.
Some were of the opinion that the ban will do more harm than good and some even mocked the government by saying there is no evidence that girls would learn less while wearing a headscarf.