It now becomes compulsory for Muslim girls to attend swim classes with boys. The court has justified the enforcement of full school curriculum and the successful integration of children’s into society.
A Turkish origin Swiss national refused to send her teenage daughters to the compulsory mixed swim class in Basel in 2008 even after some accommodations offered by authorities to wear body-covering swimsuits called burkinis and could undress without any boys present.
In 2010 officials imposed a fine of 1,400 Swiss francs on the parents, Aziz Osmanoglu and Sehabat Kocabas, for not allowing their daughters for the mixed lessons.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday upheld the decision of officials rejecting arguments of the parents that freedom of thought, conscience and religion has been violated.
The court said, “The public interest in following the full school curriculum should prevail over the applicants’ private interest in obtaining an exemption from mixed swimming lessons for their daughters.”
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The parents argue even though Quran does require girls’ bodies to be covered until puberty, but they want their daughters to get prepared for the precepts.