Vienna, May 16: Austrian Parliament has passed a law that aims to ban headscarves worn by girls from minority community in elementary schools, with the legislation now expected to be challenged in the nation's top court.
According to a parliament statement released on Wednesday, the legislation was proposed by the ruling right-wing coalition comprising the People's Party and Freedom Party and adopted late on Wednesday with less than two-thirds of the vote, failing to obtain the status of a constitutional law.
"Parliament members from the coalition parties underscored that [the law] was about sending a clear signal against political Islam and subjugation of women and girls," the statement said.
The ban refers to the headscarf as a head covering that hides all or large parts of the hair, but the legislature stressed that this would not apply to kippas won by Jewish boys and Sikh patkas. (UNI)