Ban on headscarves in Skurup schools provokes protests

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Skurup council's decision to impose a ban on headscarves in primary and secondary schools in the southern Swedish municipality has provoked a strong reaction.

On Monday afternoon, around two hundred people gathered outside the town hall to demonstrate.

"This criminalises Muslim girls and deprives them of their rights," Tasnim Raoof, spokesperson for Malmö's young Muslims association tells Swedish Radio.

Conservative Moderate councillor Loubna Stensåker Göransson, who in December voted in favour of the Sweden Democrats' ban proposal, says to Swedish Radio it's about "equality" and freedom from religious indoctrination.

Skolverket, Sweden's national agency for education, says that a headscarf ban is not permitted or compatible with discrimination laws.