A French administrative court ruled Friday that the case of three Sikh boys, who were expelled for wearing under-turbans to school, should be referred back to their school for further mediation. The French Sikh community claims that the under-turban is a fair compromise between religious freedom and France's new ban on religious symbols in public school. The court narrowly confined its ruling to the Sikh students, and did not comment on the Muslim students who have been expelled for wearing headscarves. At least seven girls were expelled this week for refusing to remove their headscarves in class. Some are considering legal appeals. Other schools in France have accepted the under-turban, which is more concealed. Critics say that the law should not be applied differently for different religions. BBC has more.
Previously in Paper Chase:
- Muslim girls expelled from French schools over refusal to remove headscarves
- French Sikhs go to court over religious symbol ban
- Up to 120 students defy French ban on religious head scarves in schools
- French Sikhs denied entry into school over religious symbol ban
- French headscarf ban takes effect