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Muslim pupils must shake hands – ‘no ifs and buts’

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Muslim pupils must shake hands – ‘no ifs and buts’

The Local · 20 Sep 2016, 10:22

 

Published: 20 Sep 2016 10:22 GMT+02:00

school in the canton of Basel-Country has rejected the appeal of a Muslim schoolboy who refused to shake hands with his female teachers for religious reasons.

The boy was one of two teenage brothers at a high school in Therwil who caused a nationwide furore earlier this year when they said shaking hands with female teachers went against their religion, which forbids physical contact with a member of the opposite sex who isn’t family.

In an attempt to find a compromise but avoid discrimination against women, the…

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