UK Department Store to Sell Hijabs as School Uniforms

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By Sean Poulter, Consumer Affairs Editor

John Lewis is offering the hijab in its school uniform department for the first time.article-2726390-208D922400000578-895_306x429

The headdress is to be sold in the company’s stores in London and Liverpool after it signed contracts with two schools – one which was set up to educate Muslim girls and a second that welcomes pupils from all religious communities.

The hijab covers the head and chest and is worn by Muslim women after the onset of puberty as a sign of modesty in the presence  of men who are outside their immediate family.

It is different from the niqab, which is a full face veil and has proved divisive in schools and public life, for example if wearers are giving evidence in court.

There has been controversy over whether it is right for girls attending state schools to wear religious dress rather than the standard uniform.

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