It has just been reported that a 9-year-old girl has dragged the Ogun state government to court for allegedly violating her right to wear hijab. She is demanding for N1 million as compensation.
Aisha AbdulAleem is a student of Gateway Junior Secondary School. She has not only dragged the state government to court, Aisha is also suing her school’s principal Kushimo before Isabo High Court in Abeokuta.
According to Daily Post, Aisha through her father Muhammad AbdulAleem dragged the principal of the school to court for forcefully removing his daughter’s hijab and denying her access to attend classes in school.
Aisha’s counsel Olusoji Odutan disclosed that is was wrong and unconstitutional of the principal to deny Aisha access to education on account of being directed by the government over non-usage of hijab in public schools within the state.
Odutan further said that the refusal of the defendant to allow her client to use her hijab, violates her rights to “freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom from discrimination and right to the dignity of the human persons and right to education.”
Aisha’s counsel also appealed to the court to award the sum of N50,000 against the defendant for serving counter affidavit on him on the day of the hearing of the case, as it will take time for him to study and respond properly.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Lagos state government has given go-ahead to Muslim female pupils to use hijab in public schools, after series of protests and several legal battles between the government and numerous Muslim groups.
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