A STUDENT asked not to wear her cap in Bromley College says she won’t agree unless Muslim women remove their headdresses as well.
A 39-year-old student asked not to wear her cap in a UK college states she won’t do so unless Muslim women remove their headdresses as well.
Caroline Powell, is attending the Greenwich University, which uses some facilities in Bromley College.
While inside the Bromley College facilities, the student has been told repeatedly to remove her baseball cap, but believes that, while Muslim women are allowed to wear headdresses, this represents “double standards” by the university.
The student told a newspaper:
“It started in September last year when I got stopped at the door by a woman and she said ‘you need to take your cap off’. “It is a small black leather cap but it’s part of my identity. She said ‘you need to take it off, they are the rules’. “A Muslim woman walked in behind me and I asked if she was going to ask her to take off her headdress. ..”
Bromley College explained to the student her cap should be removed for security reasons.
“They said it was so they could ID all users of the college, so nothing can obscure their face. But all these Muslim women are walking in with scarves across their face.”
Miss Powell has continued to resist, and over the last months tensions between staff and her have increased. She now fears she will be thrown off the course.
The student said:
“If one rule is made for all then fine, but I am not going to be treated like this when everyone else is allowed to do what they want. I feel it is totally double standards.”