The western state of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany's most populous, has banned teachers in public schools from wearing hijab.
The state's regional parliament, where the conservative Christian Democrats hold a majority, adopted a law banning hijab on Wednesday, May 31, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).
The law was voted against by the Greens and the Social Democrats.
The Muslim minority blasted the hijab school ban as unconstitutional.
The Central Council of Muslims in Germany said the new law does not treat all religions as equal, banning only the hijab and not the Christian cross or other religious symbols.
A number of states, including Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, still allow hijab at schools.
Others, including Baden-Wurttemberg, Saarland and Lower Saxony, ban teaching staff in state schools from wearing symbols that express religious, political, or ideological affiliation, including hijab.Source: Islam Online (English)