Cambridge: Burkas allowed in graduation

Cambridge: Burkas allowed in graduation

Not that there are any students wearing a burka.

MUSLIM women will be allowed to don burkas under their mortar boards at Cambridge University graduation ceremonies.

The strict dress code for the end-ofterm events has been lifted by university dons, it emerged this week.

Muslim leaders have welcomed the rule change but BNP leader and Downing College law graduate Nick Griffin has criticised the move to allow the veil.

The university's website outlines the hard-line dress code which is "strictly enforced at ceremonies, and if you do not observe it, you may not be permitted to graduate on a particular occasion".

Ahsan Mohammed, a Newmarket Muslim leader, said: "I think it's a very sensible decision by the university. I think it's the right thing to do and I hope that others will follow."

But Nick Griffin told the News: "It is no surprise. There are a disproportionate number of Muslim students in our colleges and universities already.

"In 20 years time it will become compulsory for all women students to wear the burka."

The rules have been changed after Scottish students demanded they be allowed to wear kilts.


Source: Cambridge News

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