Yesterday, Wednesday, Austrian MPs passed the draft law tabled by the ruling coalition, which bans Muslim girls from wearing a headscarf in primary schools.
To avoid the impression that it targets Muslims, the text refers to any “ideologically or religiously influenced clothing which is associated with the covering of the head.”
The FPÖ (far-right Freedom Party) spokesman for education, Wendelin Mölzer, explained that the law sends “a message against political Islam.”
The government also clarified that the law does not apply to the patka head covering worn by Sikh boys or the Jewish yarmulke.
Austria’s Muslim community organization, IGGÖ, denounced the law by describing its content as “obscene” and mentioning “diversionary tactics”, assuring that this matter concerns only a few Muslim girls.