11-year-old girl loses case on use of hijab in public schools

11-year-old girl loses case on use of hijab in public schools

- A high court sitting in Abeokuta has dismissed the case of the use of hijab by teenage girls in public schools

- The suit was filed by an 11-year-old girl, Aishat Abdul-Aleem

- Semiu Akinbami, Aisha's counsel, had prayed the court to declare the use of hijab in the state public schools as a fundamental human rights

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A high court sitting in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state, has struck out a case on the use of hijab in the state public schools filed by an 11-year-old girl, Aishat Abdul-Aleem.

Daily Trust reports that Aishat who was 9 in December 2018, dragged the principal of Gateway secondary school, one Kushimo, and the state government to court for not allowing her to use hijab in the school premises.

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Legit.ng gathered that her lead counsel, Semiu Akinbami, had prayed the court to declare the use of hijab in the state public schools as a fundamental human right.

Akinbami equally prayed the court to declare that preventing female students from using the hijab is discriminatory and demanded the sum of N1 million as damages.

Hijab: 11-year-old girl loses case on use of hijab in public schools

Some students of International School, University of Ibadan.
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Delivering the judgment in the suit on Thursday, June 4, Justice Bamgbose Alabi, however, held that “the use of hijab is considered a fundamental human right only for adults.”

Justice Alabi rejected the prayers of the girl, declaring that the Islamic doctrines make the use of the hijab compulsory only for adults.

Earlier, the counsel for the applicant, argued that the use of the hijab was mandatory on every Muslim female irrespective of her age.

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Oresanya maintained that public schools in the state were not established on a religious basis.

She argued that the insistence of the use of hijab by Aishat and her parents in public school amounts to imposing their religious leanings as regards the mode of dressing.

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