A 12-year-old girl has lost a legal battle against her school, which forbade her to wear a full-face veil. This despite the fact that the girl's three older sisters had worn full-face veils at the same school without resistance.
Teachers at the school had told this girl, however, that the veil would make communication and learning difficult. The court ruled in their favour, and the girl will continue to be taught at home, as she has been since last autumn.
"My client and her family are not the extremists that they have been portrayed as by some elements of the press," said the girl's solicitor. "All she wants is to be able to practise her deeply held beliefs whilst getting on with her daily life."