BISHKEK -- A Kyrgyz Muslim women's NGO claims that female students who wear the traditional Islamic headscarf are being subjected to discrimination, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
The chairwoman of the Mutakallim NGO, Jamat Frontbek-Kyzy, told a meeting of the organization on September 13 that, at the beginning of the academic year on September 1, many female Muslim students across Kyrgyzstan were either forced to stop wearing a headscarf or expelled from secondary schools if they insisted on doing so.
Frontbek-Kyzy said her organization has received some 150 written complaints and more by SMS from the parents of students affected.
Education and Science Ministry representatives told RFE/RL that while there is no legislation banning Islamic headscarves at secondary schools, there is an established and approved uniform for all students.
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