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Muslim schools in Britain imposing strict dress codes on girls

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Muslim schools all over Britain are forcing girls as young as 11 to wear full-face veils as the "desired dress code of a Muslim female," The Telegraph reported Wednesday.

The Madani Girls School in East London requires all its students to wear a black burka and a long black coat outside.

On its website, the school says its uniform policy "conforms to the Islamic Code of dressing and must be adhered to at all times."

The Ayesha Siddiqa Girls School in West London requires its students to wear a navy blue burka or "Jilbab, a long, loose-fitting garment that does not cover the face, when walking between lessons," The Telegraph said.

According to the school's website, it is "not willing to compromise on any issues regarding uniform."

Many other Muslim schools, including about a dozen government-funded schools, require female pupils to cover their hair, the Daily Mail reported.

Home Secretary Theresa May has spoken out against the policies, arguing that women should be able to make their own choice on on what they wear, although she agrees it may be necessary to ask people to remove headscarves as a matter of security.

"I start from the position that I don't think government should tell people, I don't think the Government should tell women, what they should be wearing," Mrs. May said, according to the Daily Mail.

"There will be some circumstances in which it's right for public bodies, for example at the border, at airport security, to say there is a practical necessity for asking somebody to remove a veil," she added.

Protests caused Birmingham Metropolitan College last week to lift its ban on Muslim face veils.

The school was accused of discrimination when it ordered all students, staff and visitors to remove any face coverings so individuals are "easily identifiable at all times," The Telegraph reported.

"We support schools in setting their own uniform guidelines," Prime Minister David Cameron said after first backing the ban. "These are decisions that are rightly for schools to take. There is an important point here around head teachers and their leadership teams being able to take the decisions that are right for their schools and we support that."

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