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Girl barred over scarf

Singapore, Jan. 3 (Reuters): An 11-year-old girl wearing a traditional Muslim headscarf is at the centre of a new dispute in Singapore, where she has been barred from school for not complying with rules outlawing the “tudung”.

The Malay Muslim girl, clad in a white headscarf and a modified uniform which covers her elbows and stretches down to her ankles, was sent home by the school principal for the second consecutive day today for flouting the dress code. Y

esterday was the first day of the school year in the island state.

Four young Muslim girls were suspended from class last year for wearing headscarves after a highly publicised standoff over the issues of religious freedom and Singapore’s concern for ethnic harmony.

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