World Hijab day was marked on Friday 1st February with rights defenders calling for a review of the recent court of appeal ruling on Hijab in schools.
Muslims for Human Rights MUHURI led the celebrations in Lamu County to debate on various issues surrounding human rights violations.
The women said that Hijab was non negotiable as it is a religious right for Muslim women.
The general reflections from these deliberations called for protection of Kenyans’ right to religion and condemnation of any form of discrimination based on one’s religion in any public space.
Hijab is attire that covers women’s head and chest and is highly valued in the holy Q’uran teachings.
“This issue should be reviewed, the recent decision by court of appeal has caused confusion and gave school a leeway to harass female Muslim students,” said MUHURI Deputy Executive director Rahma Gullam.
She said Hijab was not negotiable as it is a religious right.
She said MUHURI will persist in ensuring that female Muslim students countrywide put on the attire at school.
She said school administration have no right to ban hijab in school.
In the recent ruling on hijab, the court of appeal gave school the mandate to make decisions on Hijab in school.
However MUHURI Chair Khelef Khalifa said that the issue was a religious right and should not have made its way to the corridors of justice.
Khalifa warned that such decisions may result into religious hatred and discrimination.